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Wesemann Wins Tour of Flanders

April 4, 2004

MEERBEKE, Belgium (AP) _ Germany’s Steffen Wesemann won a sprint to the finish Sunday to win the Tour of Flanders World Cup Classic.

Belgium’s Leif Hoste edged countryman Dave Bruylandts for second place.

Wesemann finished the 160-mile race in 6 hours, 39 minutes.

The top three finishers were well ahead of a pack that included most of the pre-race favorites who dropped back on the infamous cobblestone climb up the ``Wall of Geraardsbergan,″ 10 miles from the finish.

Wesemann, of the T-Mobile team, joins Spain’s Oscar Freire atop the World Cup standings after two events. Freire, winner of the Milan-San Remo last month, finished outside the top 20 in Flanders.

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