Le Samyn: Cold Weather, Cross Winds and Cobbles2. March 2016, Dour (BEL) — Road Team
It was a tough day in the saddle at the one-day Le Samyn today with the peloton facing treacherous conditions throughout the 202.6km Belgian race.
Loïc Vliegen battled the cold weather, cross winds and cobbles, putting in a stellar effort to finish in fourth place behind solo winner Niki Terpstra (Eitixx Quick-Step). Scott Thwaites (Bora Argon) and Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis) rounded out the podium.
Strong cross winds immediately caused splits and slowly whittled down the peloton with the majority of riders abandoning due to the harsh conditions.
Vliegen found himself at the front of the race and eventually formed part of a 15 rider breakaway before launching a solo attack with 40km to go. He was reeled back into the leading group, making way for attacks on the final 25km loop, including Terpstra’s successful solo attack with 15km to go.
“I’m happy with fourth place. I was feeling really good and I knew it so I wanted to take my chance today. It was a really hard race with no control so it was like a junior race with attack after attack,” Vliegen said after the race.
“I had the legs today but in a race like this one it is difficult to not expend so much energy because you never know when a break can go. With the cold and these kind of conditions it’s a special kind of racing, you have to always be attentive.”
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