Race report

Andreas Leknessund takes impressive 10th after day in the break at Brabantse Pijl

Brabantse Pijl

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.

“It was a nice day out there today,” said Leknessund after the race. “We started the day with hitting the early break and after I got in there, I could already feel that I had some quite good legs. In that case it was an ideal situation to be in, since we knew that the local laps were going to be hard and hectic  for the peloton as well. A strong group caught us from behind, and then it was just about digging deep and trying to follow them to the finish. Three guys got away, and I was in the group fighting for the fourth place. In the end I finished tenth and it was nice to get my first top ten with the team. I’m really pleased with that, even if I regret not being a little more aggressive in the final. The legs were really good, and six hard days of racing in Itzulia seems to have paid off in a really good way!”

Team DSM coach Michiel Elijzen added: “We had a good day in the break with Andreas, where he fought himself up to a top ten after being out there all day. We raced aggressively in the start of the race, like the last weeks, and that payed off at the end for us. All the guys went for the same goal and it was nice to see them ride like that and to get a result like this with such a young group.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
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 ,, -