The transition race between the end of the cobbles season and the start of the Ardennes saw a new edition for the women and an emotional start in Leuven for the men.
Brabantse Pijl Dames Gooik, Gooik to Gooik, 136.8km
Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini) added victory at the first edition of Brabantse Pijl to her spring successes at GP Dottignes and Gent-Wevelgem. The Italian opened her sprint early and rode away from Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann and Marianne Vos (WAOWDeals) after a a strong 7 rider move – formed after a tough cobbled section – was brought back in the last 10km.
The Flanders Classics Group transformed the Pajot Hills Classic into the Brabantse Pijl.
Full results at Cycling News
Brabantse Pijl, Leuven to Overijse, 202km.
Lotto-Soudal were at the centre of most of the attacks today and Tim Wellens crowned the hard work with a victory in typical Wellens-esque style – a 7.5km solo ride to the finish line. The Belgian flung himself fearlessly around corners in the technical finale and was still holding over 20secs advantage as he swept right to conquer the cobble-y Schavei to the finish line. Defending champion Sonny Colbrelli delivered Bahrain-Merida a battling second place. Third for Tiesj Benoot rounded off a fantastic day for Lotto Soudal.
The Verandas Willems-Crelan team took the start line today to honour their teammate Michael Goolaerts who tragically lost his life at Paris-Roubaix. There was a minute’s silence at the start, and it was fitting that Dries de Bont made the break of the day.
In tribute #AllForGoolie
Full race report at Cycling News
Header image: Time Wellens, Sonny Colbrelli, Tiesj Benoot – Luc Claessen/Getty Images