Sean De Bie was part of a front group of 27 riders for a long time, which was formed after about ten kilometers. In the local laps they were all caught. Then Jelle Vanendert attacked. He got the company of seven others, among them his brother Dennis. Also this break didn’t make it. Jelle was present in the decisive break later, together with Jonas Van Genechten. Trainee Oliver Naesen bridged the gap in the last kilometers and did great work for the team. He prepared the sprint for Jonas, who won. Jasper De Buyst became second, Tom Van Asbroeck third.
Jonas Van Genechten: “I was the leader for the sprint today, Jelle Vanendert could take his chance on the hills in the final. The course was tougher than expected, I knew it wouldn’t be a bunch sprint. In the final lap I made the race. I responded to an attack of Bjorn Leukemans. Together with Jelle I got in a small front group. Then it wasn’t done yet, because there was still a hill to cover and the peloton was close.”
“On that last hill Oliver Naesen joined us. He rode for me until 500 meters of the finish. There were two fast riders of Topsport Vlaanderen in the group, but I knew I was in good condition and had confidence in myself so I started sprinting first.”
“We rode the perfect race with the team, we were strong. Sean De Bie was our man in the early breakaway, so we didn’t need to chase. Then Jelle and I were in the decisive break and Oliver bridged the gap. He did a great job to make sure the others wouldn’t attack.”