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2020 Le Samyn (1.1), Belgium

52nd edition: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Le Samyn Podium history | 2019 edition | Start list

Quaregnon - Dour, 201.9 kms

Hugo Hofstetter

Hugo Hofstetter (left, blue/white helmet) is the day's fastest rider. Bettini photo

Weather at the finish city of Dour at 2:15 PM, local time: 7C (44F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the southwest at 18 km/hr (11 mph). A 35% chance of rain begins at 3:15 PM.

The race: Here's the report from third-place David Dekker's SEG Racing Academy.

After a successful start of the season, with a dominating performance in Ster van Zwolle where we seized our first win of the season, it was time to tackle yet another one-day classic, 1.1’s GP Le Samyn which featured a really strong field with WT and PCT teams. The Belgian race had a total of 20 cobbled sections that awaited the peloton in the final part of the race, but the start was already a fast one and a group of 6 riders, which included our Wessel Krul, went up the road. The breakaway was allow a gap that surpassed the 5-minute mark before the bunch picked up the pace and reduced significantly reduced the distance.

Such a speed increase caused the bunch to break in several group, with David Dekker representing our flag in the front one. With 80 km to go, they initial break was caught and we had both, Krul and Dekker, in the lead. In the chasing groups behind we had riders of the likes of Jordi Meeus, Stan van Tricht and Maikel Zijlaard. With less than 50 km to go all five riders could be seen in the leading group, but once the echelons stroked again, it was Meeus and Dekker again being part of the leading one. The current U23 Dutch National Road Race champion showed his talent and well-doing in these races as he could be found near the front at all times, with Jordi Meeus next to him. Both talented riders where in the first group once it was down just to 25 riders. In two occasions, Dekker followed some tough attacks and broke clear of the group for a while, but both moves where eventually brought back.

With less than 10 km to the line, the leading group was down to just 12 riders, including our David Dekker. Despite the constant accelerations and attacks when the group went through cobbled sections, our 21-year old, was always in the right position, calm and ready to go. In the final kilometer, after 200 km of tireless racing, Dekker produced a strong sprint and crossed the line in third position of the day. Following his win in Ster van Zwolle just three days ago, Dekker showcases that all the work during the winter time was spot and that he is ready to take on the next challenge that comes his way.

Aike Visbeek, Academy Director and DS for the race:
“The goal was to get in the early breakaway and we accomplished that with Wessel (Krul). That put us in a very good situation, as when the break was brought back he could help David (Dekker). The team worked really well to have Meeus and Dekker in good position at all times and both of them showed that they were capable of doing the final. We are happy with the result, as the team did an amazing performance against some of the best squads in the world, we can be proud of this one but we won’t stop working”.

Complete Results:

201.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.952 km/hr

1 Hofstetter, Hugo Israel Start-Up Nation 4hr 42min 2sec
2 De Gendt, Aimé Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
3 Dekker, David SEG Racing Academy s.t.
4 Venturini, Clément Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
5 Sénéchal, Florian Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
6 Nizzolo, Giacomo NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
7 Kirsch, Alex Trek-Segafredo s.t.
8 Vermeersch, Gianni Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
9 Declercq, Tim Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
10 Van Gestel, Dries Total Direct Energie s.t.
11 Taminiaux, Lionel Wallonie Bruxelles @ 22'sec
12 Van Asbroeck, Tom Israel Start-Up Nation 39''
13 Merlier, Tim Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
14 Stuyven, Jasper Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 Ballerini, Davide Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
16 Pasqualon, Andrea Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
17 Meeus, Jordi SEG Racing Academy s.t.
18 Godon, Dorian Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
19 Petit, Adrien Total Direct Energie s.t.
20 Biermans, Jenthe Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
21 Heiderscheid, Colin Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
22 Skaarseth, Anders Uno-X Norwegian Development s.t.
23 Planckaert, Edward Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
24 Dupont, Timothy Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
25 Scott, Jake Canyon DHB s.t.
26 Backaert, Frederik B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
27 Stewart, Jake Groupama-FDJ Continental s.t.
28 Mertz, Rémy Lotto-Soudal s.t.
29 Gogl, Michaël NTT Pro Cycling 42''
30 van Rensburg, Reinhardt NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Janssens, Jimmy Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
32 Rickaert, Jonas Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
33 Jarrier, Benoît Arkea-Samsic s.t.
34 Beullens, Cédric Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
35 Theuns, Edward Trek-Segafredo s.t.
36 Resell, Erik Uno-X Norwegian Development s.t.
37 Capiot, Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
38 Coquard, Bryan B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
39 Vliegen, Loïc Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
40 Hvideberg, Jonas Uno-X Norwegian Development 1' 06''
41 Ledanois, Kévin Arkea-Samsic 2' 29''
42 Jans, Roy Alpecin-Fenix 4' 28''
43 Terpstra, Niki Total Direct Energie s.t.
44 Asselman, Jesper Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
45 Vallée, Boris Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
46 Van Den Brande, Julien Tarteletto-Isorex 4' 57''
47 Stokbro, Andreas NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
48 Van Tricht, Stan SEG Racing Academy s.t.
49 Mozzato, Luca B&B Hotels-Vital Concept s.t.
50 Mullen, Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
51 Hoelgaard, Markus Uno-X Norwegian Development s.t.
52 Hennesy, Jacob Canyon DHB s.t.
53 Steimle, Jannik Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
54 Askey, Lewis Groupama-FDJ Continental s.t.
55 Leysen, Senne Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
56 Six, Franklin Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
57 Boudat, Thomas Arkea-Samsic s.t.
58 Goethem, Brian van Lotto-Soudal s.t.
59 Duval, Julien Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
60 Guernalec, Thibault Arkea-Samsic s.t.
61 Teugels, Lennert Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
62 Berg, Lars van den Groupama-FDJ Continental s.t.
63 Gaudin, Damien Total Direct Energie 5' 55''
64 Hodeg, Alvaro Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
65 Brunel, Alexys Groupama-FDJ Continental 8' 22''
66 Räim, Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation 10' 10''
67 Battistella, Samuele NTT Pro Cycling s.t.
68 Jerman, Ziga Groupama-FDJ Continental s.t.
69 Wirtgen, Tom Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
70 Maître, Florian Total Direct Energie s.t.
71 Manzin, Lorrenzo Total Direct Energie s.t.
72 Kluckers, Arthur Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
73 Wouters, Enzo Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
74 Krul, Wessel SEG Racing Academy s.t.
75 Suter, Joël Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
76 Cañellas, Xavier Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
77 Kongstad, Tobias Riwal Readynez s.t.
78 Saugstad, Lars Uno-X Norwegian Development s.t.
79 Robeet, Ludovic Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
80 Louvel, Matis Arkea-Samsic s.t.
81 Dalen, Jason van Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
82 Tanfield, Harry Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
83 Jones, Brenton Canyon DHB s.t.
84 Liepiņš, Emīls Trek-Segafredo s.t.
85 Vinjebo, Emil Riwal Readynez s.t.
86 Koster, Adne Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
87 Lindgren, Emil Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
88 Bagües, Aritz Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
89 Maciejuk, Filip Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
90 Bax, Sjoerd Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
91 Ottema, Rick Metec-TKH Continental s.t.
92 Moore, Darnell Vitus Pro Cycling s.t.
93 Maas, Jan Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
94 Haller, Patrick Leopard Pro Cycling s.t.
95 Leveau, Jérémy Natura4Ever-Roubaix Lille s.t.
96 Stewart, Tom Canyon DHB s.t.
97 Gougeard, Alexis Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
98 Tennant, Andy Canyon DHB s.t.
99 Renard, Alexis Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
100 Abrahamsen, Jonas Uno-X Norwegian Development s.t.
101 Rasch, Jesper SEG Racing Academy s.t.

Startlist with back numbers, March 2, 2020:

DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
1 SENECHAL Florian
2 BALLERINI Davide
3 DECLERCQ Tim
4 HODEG Alvaro
5 KEISSE Iljo
6 STEIMLE Jannik
7 VAN LERBERGHE Bert
AG2R LA MONDIALE
11 TANFIELD Harry
12 DUVAL Julien
13 GODON Dorian
14 GOUGEARD Alexis
15 NAESEN Lawrence
17 VENTURINI Clement
ISRAEL START-UP NATION
21 BIERMANS Jenthe
22 HOFSTETTER Hugo
23 MCCABE Travis
24 RÄIM Mihkel
25 SAGIV Guy
26 RENARD Alexis
27 VAN ASBROECK Tom
LOTTO SOUDAL
31 ARMEE Sander
32 GOOSSENS Kobe
33 IVERSEN Rasmus
34 MERTZ Remy
35 VAN GOETHEM Brian
NTT PRO CYCLING
41 BATTISTELLA Samuele
42 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
43 GOGL Michael
44 NIZZOLO Giacomo
45 STOKBRO Andreas
46 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
47 TILLER Rasmus
TREK-SEGAFREDO
51 MOSCA Jacopo
52 STUYVEN Jasper
53 THEUNS Edward
54 LIEPINS Emils
55 MULLEN Ryan
56 KIRSCH Alex
57 SIMMONS Quinn
ALPECIN-FENIX
61 MERLIER Tim
62 JANS Roy
63 JANSSENS Jimmy
64 LEYSEN Senne
65 RICKAERT Jonas
66 WALSLEBEN Philipp
67 VERMEERSCH Gianni
ARKEA-SAMSIC
71 LOUVEL Matis
72 LEDANOIS Kevin
73 NOPPE Christophe
74 JARRIER Benoit
75 BOUDAT Thomas
76 WELTEN Bram
77 GUERNALEC Thibault
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
82 BAGUES Aritz
83 CANELLAS Xavier
84 GONZALEZ David
85 IRISARRI Jon
86 LAZKANO Oier
87 MARTIN Sergio
CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT
91 DE GENDT Aime
92 DE WINTER Ludwig
93 DEVRIENDT Tom
94 DUPONT Timothy
95 PASQUALON Andrea
96 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
97 VLIEGEN Loic
WALLONIE BRUXELLES
101 ISTA Kevin
102 VALLEE Boris
103 WIRTGEN Tom
104 ROBEET Ludovic
105 TAMINIAUX Lionel
106 SUTER Joel
107 SIX Franklin
RIWAL READYNEZ
111 MAGNUSSON Kim
112 REINDERS Elmar
113 BUDDING Martijn
114 KONGSTAD Tobias
115 WALLIN Rasmus
116 VEYHE Torkil
117 VINJEBO Emil
SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE
121 BEULLENS Cedric
122 CAPIOT Amaury
123 VAN DEN BOSSCHE Fabio
124 PLANCKAERT Edward
125 PLANCKAERT Emiel
126 VERWILST Aaron
127 WARLOP Jordi
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
131 TERPSTRA Niki
132 GAUDIN Damien
133 MAITRE Florian
134 MANZIN Lorrenzo
135 PETIT Adrien
137 VAN GESTEL Dries
UNO-X NORWEGIAN DEVELOPMENT
141 SKAARSETH Anders
142 RESELL Erik
143 SLEEN Torjus
144 HOELGAARD Markus
145 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
146 SAUGSTAD Lars
147 HVIDEBERG Jonas
B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT
151 BOECKMANS Kris
152 COQUARD Bryan
153 DE BACKER Bert
154 BACKAERT Frederik
155 MORICE Julien
156 MOZZATO Luca
157 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
AKROS-EXCELSIOR-THÖMUS
161 DEVAUX Thomas
162 DUFAUX Lois
164 QUINCEY Scott
165 BACHMANN Laurin
166 THIEBAUD Valere
167 ZOBRIST Manuel
CANYON DHB
171 JONES Brenton
172 STEWART Thomas
173 HENNESSY Jacob
174 TENNANT Andrew
175 PATON Alex
176 SCOTT Jacob
177 BAUGNIES Jerome
GROUPAMA-FDJ CONTINENTAL
181 ASKEY Lewis
182 DAVY Clement
183 JERMAN Ziga
184 NONNEZ Theo
185 BRUNEL Alexys
186 STEWART Jake
187 VAN DEN BERG Lars
LEOPARD PRO CYCLING
191 HALLER Patrick
192 HEIDERSCHEID Colin
193 KLUCKERS Arthur
194 LINDGREN Emil
195 MAAS Jan
196 MACIEJUK Filip
197 LEYDER Misch
METEC-TKH CONTINENTAL
201 ASSELMAN Jesper
202 BAX Sjoerd
203 BOUWMANS Dylan
204 DE LANGE Thijs
205 VAN DALEN Jason
206 VAN DEN BERG Marijn
207 VAN DEN DOOL Jens
NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX-LILLE METROPOLE
211 DERNIES Tom
212 DE WITTE Mathias
213 LEROUX Samuel
214 LEVASSEUR Jordan
215 LEVEAU Jeremy
216 PICOUX Maximilien
217 VERMEULEN Emiel
TARTELETTO-ISOREX
221 MARCHAND Gianni
222 VAN STAEYEN Michael
223 JOSEPH Thomas
224 VAN DEN BRANDE Julien
225 TEUGELS Lennert
226 WOUTERS Enzo
227 BOUTS Jordy
SEG RACING ACADEMY
231 MEEUS Jordi
232 VAN TRICHT Stan
233 DEKKER David
234 ZIJLAARD Maikel
235 RASCH Jesper
236 FRIGO Marco
237 KRUL Wessel
VITUS PRO CYCLING
241 TULETT Daniel
242 MCGLINCHEY Christopher
243 MOORE Darnell
244 MOTTRAM Michael
245 SUTTON Joseph
246 KENWAY Adam
247 MAZZONE Tom