Top Ten Finish for Loïc Vliegen at Volta Limburg Classic1. April 2017, Eijsden (NED) — Road Team
Loïc Vliegen sprinted to ninth place after a tough 200km of racing at Volta Limburg Classic, in what is seen as a warm up for Amstel Gold Race.
The race was split into two halves with an 18-rider group, featuring Joey Rosskopf, going clear in the first hour of racing.
The peloton kept the large group close and the breakaway’s advantage never exceeded more than one minute. As the peloton approached 90km to go, they had reeled the group back in, making way for new attacks to play out.
Within the next 20km, a group of around 20 riders went clear, including Rosskopf and Vliegen, and managed to quickly gain an advantage of 39 seconds on the bunch.
Further splits in the field saw Vliegen form part of an 11-rider group at the front of the race, from which eventual winner Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) broke clear alongside Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Nick Van Der Lijke (Rompoot-Nederlandse Loterij).
The trio forged on ahead and despite hard work from Rosskopf and Vliegen, lack of cooperation in the chase group meant it wasn’t possible to bring them back.
Vliegen contested the sprint for top ten places and ended the day in ninth place.
Quotes from the Sports Director’s Car with Jackson Stewart:
“Today didn’t really go to plan for us. As one of two UCI WorldTour teams in the race, and having won the last two editions, it was clear that we were a marked team and a lot of the teams were working hard to shut any of our moves down. In the end, we weren’t strong enough to beat them. We also had some bad luck as Miles Scotson and Kilian Frankiny were both involved in crashes and could never really get back in the race. Some of our other riders just didn’t have good legs today.”
“Joey Rosskopf was incredible. He was in every move all day he made the final move. Loïc Vliegen was really smart and he made the final move too but both of them missed the winning move when the trio went ahead. Joey and Loïc were pulling really hard but there was no real cooperation in the chase group and they couldn’t bring them back. It just wasn’t our day today.”
Volta Limburg Classic
Eijsden > Eijsden (198.6km)
Top 3: 1. Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini), 2. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), 3. Nick Van Der Lijke (Rompoot-Nederlandse Loterij).