Race report

Pepijn Reinderink 8th on Circuit des Ardennes Opener

Pepijn Reinderink was first across the line for Development Team DSM on stage 1 of Circuit des Ardennes after a solid all round display from the team which saw them place four riders in the top 20.

In pursuit of an early break of three riders, the peloton set a fast pace which eventually saw the race splinter with just over 80 kilometres to race. The front group which formed contained around 25 riders including Reinderink alongside teammates Enzo Leijnse, Oscar Onley and Hannes Wilksch.

Having caught the three leaders the front group pushed ahead building a gap of two minutes over the chasing peloton and despite several attacks in the run to the finish, came to the line together for a sprint.

Reinderink crossed in eighth with Onley in 11th, Leijnse in 17th and Wilksch in 18th rounding out a strong first stage for the team. Onley and Reinderink also picked up bonus seconds during the stage, placing seventh and fifth respectively overall by the end of the day.

After the stage Pepijn Reinderink said: “Our main goal was the GC, to not lose any time. There was a lot of wind today, so a big change for echelons to be made. After the break went the race was under control but we knew that some parts were coming up where the wind could play a big role. We stayed in the front together the whole time, with Enzo riding in the wind. That was perfect so that we were able to be in the front without wasting much energy.

“After 60 kilometres some echelons started to form. We were there with four of us which was perfect. We kept turning and dropping the second group as far as possible. In the end I was able to sprint to eighth place thanks to great teamwork in the finale. Now it’s all eyes on the next stage with some really hard climbs where the GC will be important again.”

Team DSM Coach Boris Zimine added: “We are really happy with this first day, a bit of a blue sky scenario as the plan was to sit at the front all together and be with numbers in the first group. We ended up with four there at the front after some really hard work from Bart, Patrick and Enzo who led the team. It was a really good day for us even if we didn’t win the stage. The main goal has been achieved and we can look forward to the following stages and to continue working hard as a team.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 REINDERS Elmar Riwal Cycling Team 3:53:49 7
2 STOSZ Patryk Voster ATS Team ,, 3
3 LAMPERTI Luke Trinity Racing ,, 1