Breakaway Stays Away at Primus Classic15. September 2018, Haacht (BEL) — Road Team
The breakaway stole the show at Primus Classic, managing to fend off the fast-approaching peloton to contest the win which saw Taco van der Horn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) take the win in Haacht.
Three riders formed the initial breakaway of the day and managed to extend a maximum advantage of seven minutes at the halfway mark of the 193km race.
The peloton gradually began to shave time off the breakaway’s advantage and bring the gap down to three minutes with 60 kilometers remaining, at which point the peloton began to increase the pace with the BMC Racing Team train, led by Tom Bohli, coming to the front.
From there, the breakaway’s advantage tumbled quickly to below one minute approaching 40 kilometers to go when Danilo Wyss was one of the first riders to shake things up with a small attack, followed by another attack from Greg Van Avermaet.
Despite continuous attacks from the peloton, including more from Jempy Drucker and Van Avermaet, the breakaway maintained their advantage of around 20 seconds and were joined by two more riders which strengthened their position in the final 10 kilometers.
Under the flamme rouge, the breakaway was in sight but the quintet managed to just hold off the bunch to claim the first five places on the stage. Jempy Drucker and Jürgen Roelandts were the first BMC Racing Team riders across the line in the bunch.
In the Race Car with Valerio Piva
“Our plan was to try to attack in the final 50km which is when the guys were more active. A couple of riders attacked and bridged across and we missed this move. Behind, all of the smaller teams were controlling us so we tried to jump again without success. Finally, we decided to try and close before the last climb and that’s when Greg and Jempy attacked but the climb was too short and at the top, no one wanted to ride with us. At that moment, knowing we don’t have a pure sprinter, we decided to force another team to take responsibility for the chase. But with the crash in the peloton in the last five kilometers, the breakaway was able to stay away. Today the team was aggressive but tactically, it did not go to plan.”
Brakel > Haacht (193km)
Top 3: 1. Taco van der Horn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), 2. Huub Duijn (Verandas Willems-Crelan), 3. Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal).