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Three Days of De Panne 2013: stages 3a and 3b – gallery

Sylvain Chavanel clearly relishes a focussed objective.

Twice a winner of the Four Days of Dunkirk, he has added a second consecutive victory at the Three Days of De Panne to his palmares.

Should he choose to continue his countdown, victory at a major one-day Classic must beckon.

With his  team leader, Tom Boonen, suffering a run of bad luck, could ‘Chava’ add a ‘Monument’ to his CV at Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen?

The Flandrian hordes will be rooting for Boonen, but should Tornado Tom continue to blow cold, victory for one of Belgium’s all-conquering Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad, a team with 20 victories to its credit already this season, would doubtless be welcomed.

Photographer, Stefano Sirotti, had a busy day covering a split final stage of the 2013 Driedaagse. Here are the fruits of his labours on another cold day in Flanders.

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Irish national road race champion, Matt Brammeier, delivered an impressive showing at the 2013 Driedaagse 

Alexander Kristoff celebrates victory on stage 3a. Like Brammeier, he had been active in the breakaway in stage two

Kristoff’s tenure in the leader’s jersey was short lived: the afternoon’s time trial would force a change of ownershipMark Cavendish gives the same commitment in time trials as sprints

Sadly for Cavendish, his commitment is matched by that of team-mate, Sylvain Chavanel, who travels significantly faster in a race against the clock

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