After a long day of chasing, Tiesj Benoot eventually finished the Antwerp Port Epic in 10th place, first over the line for Team DSM with teammates Casper Van Uden and Tobias Lund Andresen close behind also finishing 14th and 16th respectively.
The race featured gravel or cobblestone roads for over a third of the parcours presenting a tough and technical day out. Lund Andresen got clear early on in one of the many moves off the front before a counter attack joined including Van Uden making a strong group of 13 riders at the head of affairs by the mid-way point of the race. This would be the break that eventually produced the race winner.
The peloton was quickly losing ground behind and so Benoot reacted, going clear with four others in pursuit of the leaders. He got to within 30 seconds but wasn’t able to bridge the gap, even when joined by Van Uden who lost contact with the front group following a mechanical over one of the gravel sections.
Up front the attacks started to fly in the final 25 kilometres over the last of the cobblestone and gravel roads with two riders going clear and the group behind splitting with Lund Andresen finding himself distanced. It was a pursuit for what places the guys could salvage from hereon in after a tough day out.
|1||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||Alpecin-Fenix||4:12:03||125|
|2||VAN DER HOORN Taco||Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux||0:01||85|
|10||BENOOT Tiesj||Team DSM||1:30||20|
|14||VAN UDEN Casper||Team DSM||2:50||5|
|32||STOKKE Vegard||Team DSM||5:34||-|
|34||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||,,||-|
|57||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||7:13||-|
|1005||SALMON Martin||Team DSM||-04:12:03||-|