Header Photo Credit: James Odvart / DirectVelo
The opening day of racing at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux saw the peloton set off from Antoing to Mont Saint-Aubert. Faced with a rolling 131 kilometre long parcours and coupled with some pretty grizzly weather conditions in the opening parts, it was set to be a hard day out in the saddle.
Right from the flag drop the action was intense as riders and teams fought to try and make the day’s breakaway, as they battled through wind and rain. It became more a race of attrition as riders were jettisoned from the peloton as the pace slowly ramped up. As in previous races, Development Team DSM approached the day in an aggressive nature, always looking to make those important moves and after the bunch split into pieces in the wind, Lorenzo Milesi made it into a front group of around ten riders after some good work by the team.
Out front, the group worked well together and built up their advantage to over one minute and 30 seconds but there was always some form of chase in the bunch. As the race tackled the climb on the penultimate lap, the gap had fallen to just 40 seconds and two riders managed to bridge across to the front while others dropped, with birthday boy Moritz Kärsten riding well to make it into another chasing trio in between Milesi’s group and the now further thinned out peloton.
With the leading group approaching the lower slopes of the two kilometre ascent to the line, things became cagey as riders began to look at each other, as a steady tempo was set. Finding the perfect moment to attack, Milesi launched a stinging move in sight of the flamme rouge, immediately getting a gap over those behind him. Gritting his teeth and not looking back, Milesi gave everything he had until the finish line as those behind desperately tried to catch him. It was to no avail though, as Milesi just had enough left in the tank to hold on and take his first win for the team; the Development program’s third of the season.
Photo Credit: Patrick Brunt
|1||MILESI Lorenzo||Development Team DSM||3:12:48||5|
|2||FREDHEIM Stian||Uno-X Dare Development Team||,,||1|
|3||VAN HEMELEN Vincent||Lotto - Soudal U23||0:02||-|
|1||MILESI Lorenzo||Development Team DSM||3:12:38|
|2||FREDHEIM Stian||Uno-X Dare Development Team||0:03|
|3||VAN HEMELEN Vincent||Lotto - Soudal U23||0:07|
|1||MILESI Lorenzo||Development Team DSM||20|
|2||FREDHEIM Stian||Uno-X Dare Development Team||17|
|3||VAN HEMELEN Vincent||Lotto - Soudal U23||14|
|1||FREDHEIM Stian||Uno-X Dare Development Team||3:12:48|
|2||SEGAERT Alec||Lotto - Soudal U23||0:02|
|3||HAGENES Per Strand||Jumbo-Visma Development Team||0:04|
|1||MILESI Lorenzo||Development Team DSM||22|
|2||PALENI Enzo||Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ||13|
|3||FREDHEIM Stian||Uno-X Dare Development Team||12|
|1||Lotto - Soudal U23||9:39:43|
|2||Development Team DSM||0:47|
|3||Hagens Berman Axeon||1:08|
|4||Uno-X Dare Development Team||1:11|
|5||Leopard Pro Cycling||1:31|
|6||Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ||1:38|
|7||Jumbo-Visma Development Team||1:42|
|8||Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB Development Team||1:43|
|9||Swiss Racing Academy||1:44|