A 196 kilometre route awaited the team this afternoon at Omloop van het Houtland, as they took on a mostly flat parcours that finished in the town of Lichtervelde. It was a steady start to the day with an initial five rider break going clear early into the race and with all Team DSM riders in the peloton, focus remained on staying safe and saving energy for the final.
As the laps ticked down, the gap for the breakaway fell but they put up a valiant fight and the catch was only made in the closing five kilometres – while the team moved up ahead of the expected sprint finish. It was a chaotic run-in and a crash split the bunch somewhat, with John Degenkolb making the front selection as things strung out. Giving his all to the line, Degenkolb got up to take a strong fourth place finish in the hectic sprint finale.
|2||DE LIE Arnaud||Lotto Soudal||,,||85|
|3||GROENEWEGEN Dylan||Team BikeExchange - Jayco||,,||70|
|4||DEGENKOLB John||Team DSM||,,||60|
|20||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||,,||3|
|66||NABERMAN Tim||Team DSM||,,||-|
|132||BOL Cees||Team DSM||1:29||-|
|1005||EDDY Patrick||Team DSM||-04:24:36||-|
|1005||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||NIEUWENHUIS Joris||Team DSM||,,||-|