The peloton appreciated the intense springtime sunlight at the beginning of the general practitioner Le Samyn in Quaregnon. It was just heading back from the Pays des Collines that a very early breakaway of 5 cyclists was developed. Regardless of the extremely great climate situations, the peloton was extremely anxious. Danny Van Poppel was associated with a collision, however quickly went back to the leading placement in the peloton. Along with his bro Young boy Van Poppel, he belonged to the brand-new 24 cyclist breakaway when the peloton split on the 2nd flow on the cobbles of the Côte de la Roquette. After the following flow on this hard and also technological cobble area, with 35 kilometer to go, a team with Aimé De Gendt and also Andrea Pasqualon handled to join them.
The last was extremely appealing, however also a last effort of 5 cyclists with Danny Van Poppel and also Mathieu van der Poel really did not be successful. In the mild sloping roads of Dour, Tim Merlier was the fastest at the end of the 205 kilometer race with 20 cobble areas, in advance of Rasmus Tiller and also Andrea Pasqualon. The Italian sprinter attained the very first platform of the period for the group. Considering both succeeding second locations of Aimé De Gendt in 2019 and also 2020, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux has actually succeeded in the Walloon opening standard for the previous 3 years.
” It behaves to reveal the shades of the group in the Walloon opening race. Both for the cyclists and also team when it comes to the enrollers, the general practitioner Le Samyn is a big day. The group executed quite possibly today and also we did what we needed to do to take the triumph. With Danny on the strike in the last kilometers, and also Aimé bringing me right into a best placement with 200 meter to go, every little thing went flawlessly. I really felt excellent and also attempted my finest, however 2 people were more powerful. My accident in Omloop het Nieuwsblad, the tough opening weekend break and also some hard evenings certainly had an impact on my quality today. Possibly those were the percents I was doing not have to take the triumph. However I enjoy that we get on a great way! Additionally the following weeks some unique races are showing up for me with the Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and also Milano-San Remo!”
1. Tim Merlier
2. Rasmus Tiller +0
3. Andrea Pasqualon +0
23. Danny Van Poppel +0
27. Aimé De Gendt +0
49. Kid Van Poppel +1:05
52. Taco Van der Hoorn +2:25
101. Ludwig De Winter Season 5:09
109. Pieter Vanspeybroeck +5:09