Crash spoils Primus Classic

Rain and climbs, eighteen of them, were the main ingredients of the Primus Classic – which our team won last year with Florian Sénéchal – slowly, but surely thinning out the peloton, who was controlled by those holding hope the race would come down to a bunch sprint.

Other riders had different plans, and among those who tried their luck were Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Stan Van Tricht and Iland Van Wilder. Our neo-pro forged clear, drawing a couple of other men, in pursuit of the original breakaway, but was caught with 40 kilometers to go, while Ilan – who only last week concluded a fantastic La Vuelta, where he helped Remco Evenepoel capture the overall title – was part of a brave move that tried to hold off the peloton inside the last 20 kilometers.

Once the catch was made, our team regrouped at the front and pulled for Stan, but a crash outside the flamme rouge arch blocked the Belgian and split the field, leaving only a dozen riders to fight for victory, which was nailed on the line by Jordi Meeus (Bora-hansgrohe). Around one minute later, fortunately without any injuries, Van Tricht came home as the team’s best placed rider.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Jordi Meeus
BORA - hansgrohe
4:43:32
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
3 Max Kanter
Movistar Team
0:00
4 Kenneth Van Rooy
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:00
5 Guillaume Boivin
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
6 Anthony Turgis
TotalEnergies
0:00
7 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
0:00
8 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Deceuninck
0:00
10 Pierre Gautherat
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
54 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:05
59 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:44
61 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:44
62 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:44
DNF Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:43:32
DNF Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:43:32
DNF Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:43:32

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