A 200 kilometre long parcours with the Kemmelberg and the infamous Moeren awaited the peloton today as they rolled out of Bredene for the Bredene-Koksijde Classic. Starting with a young squad the team worked well together to protect fast finisher Sam Welsford. Guiding him over the cobbled climbs and through the crosswinds of the Moeren.
A five rider group managed to forge clear, getting a maximum advantage of more than four minutes over the bunch. After the hill zone, the peloton split in the crosswind but the move did not last long as everything got back together, when the sprint teams started chasing.
When the race hit the local circuit, the five leaders were well insight of the chasing peloton, with the last of the escapees caught in the final lap. Team DSM did a massive job and showed great commitment to get Welsford to the sprint in the best position possible. Niklas Märkl put in a big effort to launch the sprint with Welsford sprinting to his first top five in a .Pro race, taking fourth place for the team.
|1||ACKERMANN Pascal||UAE Team Emirates||4:29:30||200|
|2||HOFSTETTER Hugo||Team Arkéa Samsic||,,||150|
|4||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||,,||100|
|20||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||,,||5|
|46||HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby||Team DSM||,,||-|
|86||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||1:14||-|
|1005||WILKSCH Hannes||Team DSM||-04:29:30||-|
|1005||REINDERINK Pepijn||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1006||BOL Cees||Team DSM||,,||-|