Photo Credit: Cor Vos
The peloton took on the challenging parcours at Brabantse Pijl this afternoon, with its over 25 climbs and 200 kilometre long distance. Rolling out from the start town of Leuven, the attacks were fierce and aplenty before a group of seven riders managed to get clear, including Team DSM’s Andreas Leknessund.
Two more riders bridged to Lekneussund’s group and the now nine-rider strong breakaway worked well together, extending their gap to almost five minutes over the chasing peloton. Heading towards the lap circuit in the finale, the pace was on and counter attacks flew from the peloton, with two more groups bridging to the original breakaway. In the peloton Felix Gall, Kevin Vermaerke and Henri Vandenabeele were all active towards the front but weren’t able to escape.
As the now 16 rider front group approached the final lap, it split on one of the many tough climbs with Leknessund riding exceptionally well to be the last rider remaining from the early breakaway. A strong attacking trio out front would contest the race win, while Leknessund dug deep on the last lap, producing an incredibly impressive ride to take tenth place on the line for the team.
|1||PIDCOCK Thomas||INEOS Grenadiers||4:36:27||200|
|2||VAN AERT Wout||Team Jumbo-Visma||,,||150|
|3||TRENTIN Matteo||UAE-Team Emirates||0:02||125|
|10||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||0:12||35|
|48||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||1:22||-|
|49||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||,,||-|
|112||GALL Felix||Team DSM||9:16||-|
|1005||BRENNER Marco||Team DSM||-04:36:27||-|
|1005||SALMON Martin||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||,,||-|