An old race with a new name, Circuit Franco-Belge saw the peloton take on the reverse of the classic l’Eurometropole route, going from Tournai to La Louvière and ending with a punchy circuit around the finish town. It was a fast start to the day but eventually the elastic snapped after ten kilometres and Tim Naberman made it into a four rider move; taking the pressure off the rest of the team in the peloton.
Naberman’s break worked well together and increased their advantage over the peloton, reaching a maximum of just over six minutes. However, as the bunch made its way towards the finish circuit the pace upped and their gap dramatically increased. Despite fighting hard, Naberman and the rest of the break were brought back at 40 kilometres to go as attacks peppered the head of the now reduced peloton.
The team rode well as a unit with Naberman, Pavel Bittner, Alberto Dainese and Casper van Uden in the group of around 70. Marking the early final moves, Van Uden and Bittner impressed but the pace was relentless and heading into the final lap a strong trio broke away, with one more rider jumping across to them. The team worked doggedly to try and close the gap but it wasn’t to be and the four riders fought it out in the final, while behind Dainese rewarded the team’s hard work by showing a quick pair of heels and “won” the bunch sprint for fifth place.
|1||KRISTOFF Alexander||Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux||4:12:13||200|
|2||VAN GESTEL Dries||TotalEnergies||,,||150|
|3||CAMPENAERTS Victor||Lotto Soudal||,,||125|
|5||DAINESE Alberto||Team DSM||0:15||85|
|44||BITTNER Pavel||Team DSM||2:02||-|
|51||VAN UDEN Casper||Team DSM||2:39||-|
|67||NABERMAN Tim||Team DSM||6:04||-|
|1005||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||-04:12:13||-|
|1005||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team DSM||,,||-|