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2023 Le Samyn (1.1), Belgium

55th edition: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Complete results

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Quaregnon - Dour, 209 kms

Milan Menten takes the race.

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Weather at the finish city of Dour at 1:20 PM, local time: 4C (40F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 21 km/hr (13 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Milan Menten's Team Lotto Dstny.

Milan Menten has finished off impressive team work by Lotto Dstny at the GP Samyn (UCI 1.1). After a tough race in and around Dour, the 26-year-old Belgian was the fastest of a reduced bunch that sprinted for the win. When a breakaway with Victor Campenaerts got caught at four kilometres from the finish, Menten took his chance as the newcomer at Lotto Dstny finished it off with a strong sprint on the uphill finish. For Menten, it’s the first win in Lotto Dstny outfit, the Belgian was flanked on the podium by Hugo Hofstetter and Edward Theuns.

Menten can hardly believe that he won GP Samyn, the second victory of his career. “This is unbelievable, it’s a dream come true to win for Lotto Dstny so fast. Our plan was to make the race hard and we did that perfectly. With Victor Campenaerts and Jarne Van de Paar in the front group, we were in a perfect position”, says Milan Menten.

Winner Milan Menten during the race. Sirotti photo

Le Samyn, the opener of the Walloon Classics exploded at 60 kilometres from the finish when amongst others Lotto Dstny tried to make it a hard race. That succeeded as a group of six went clear after a tactical game on the cobbles and windy flats around Dour. That breakaway included two Lotto Dstny riders: neo-pro Jarne Van de Paar and Victor Campenaerts. After a strong race, Van de Paar had to let go, going into the final ten kilometres but also the rest of the front group was caught by the reduced bunch. It was Menten who took advantage of the excellent Lotto Dstny team play as the 26-year-old sprinted to victory.

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Milan Menten wins.

“I could save my forces and when the front group was caught, I took my chance. It split in the final two kilometres, I had to give it my all but remained calm and waited for the right moment to launch. I’m at my best after a hard race and an uphill drag to the line like this, suits me really well. This was really a team victory today, we are a tight group, which also shows in the race. It is clear that the changes of the past winter, for example in the performance team, are paying off. But we are a team that’s still growing and I am convinced that we can still show some beautiful things. Personally, I’m really happy with this first victory in Lotto Dstny shirt”, concludes Milan Menten.

The podium, from left: Hugo Hofstetter (2nd), Milan Menten (1st) & Edward Theuns (3rd). Sirotti photo

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Complete Results:

209 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.321 km/hr

1 Milan Menten Lotto Dstny 4hr 49min 28sec
2 Hugo Hofstetter Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
3 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
4 Alberto Dainese Team DSM s.t.
5 Luca Mozzato Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
6 Søren Kragh Andersen Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
7 Pierre Gautherat Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
8 Mike Teunissen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
9 Vito Braet Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
10 Andreas Stokbro Leopard TOGT s.t.
11 Giacomo Nizzolo Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
12 Pavel Bittner Team DSM s.t.
13 Jenthe Biermans Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
14 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
15 Tobias Ludvigsson Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
16 Stian Fredheim Uno-X s.t.
17 Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
18 Ward Vanhoof Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
19 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
20 Daan Hoole Trek-Segafredo s.t.
21 Samuel Leroux GO Sport-Roubaix-Lille @ 7sec
22 Milan Fretin Team Flanders-Baloise 0:8
23 Frederik Frison Lotto Dstny s.t.
24 Florian Vermeersch Lotto Dstny s.t.
25 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny 0:10
26 Tim Torn Teutenberg Leopard TOGT s.t.
27 Lionel Taminiaux Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
28 Mathias Vacek Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Victor Campenaerts Lotto Dstny s.t.
30 Stan Dewulf Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
31 Niccolo Bonifazio Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 0:16
32 Martin Urianstad Uno-X 0:27
33 Jarne Van De Paar Lotto Dstny 0:33
34 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Bingoal-WB s.t.
35 Madis Mihkels Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 0:50
36 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
37 Casper Van Uden Team DSM s.t.
38 Sean Flynn Team DSM s.t.
39 Mathis Le Berre Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
40 Alex Colman Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
41 Mats Wenzel Leopard TOGT s.t.
42 August Jensen Human Powered Health 1:05
43 Rick Zabel Israel-Premier Tech 1:19
44 Norman Vahtra GO Sport-Roubaix-Lille s.t.
45 Alec Segaert Lotto Dstny 1:23
46 Jack Bauer Q36.5 Pro Cycling 1:26
47 Tord Gudmestad Uno-X s.t.
48 Tom Mainguenaud GO Sport-Roubaix-Lille 1:30
49 Baptiste Planckaert Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 2:11
50 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Deceuninck 2:24
51 Stan Van Tricht Soudal Quick-Step 3:49
52 Enrico Dhaeye 6:13
53 Colin Joyce Human Powered Health 6:15
54 Luca De Meester Bingoal-WB s.t.
55 Jannik Steimle Soudal Quick-Step 6:17
56 Warre Vangheluwe Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
57 Taco Van Der Hoorn Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
58 Kaden Groves Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
59 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
60 Louis Bendixen Uno-X s.t.
61 Matteo Malucelli Bingoal-WB s.t.
62 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Timo Kielich Alpecin-Deceuninck 9:37
64 Samuel Gaze Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
65 Reto Hollenstein Israel-Premier Tech 9:48
66 Stanislaw Aniolkowski Human Powered Health s.t.
67 Gilles De Wilde Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
68 Barnabas Peak Human Powered Health s.t.
69 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
70 Colin Heiderscheid Leopard TOGT s.t.
71 Ruben Apers Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
72 Cedric Pries Leopard TOGT s.t.


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Start list with back numbers, February 27, 2023:

144 riders listed to start.

Soudal Quick-Step
1 Fabio Jakobsen
2 Kasper Asgreen
3 Michael Mørkøv
4 Warre Vangheluwe
5 Jannik Steimle
6 Martin Svrcek
7 Stan Van Tricht
11 Søren Kragh Andersen
12 Kaden Groves
13 Dries De Bondt
14 Samuel Gaze
15 Lionel Taminiaux
16 Ayco Bastiaens
17 Timo Kielich
21 Madis Mihkels
22 Hugo Page
23 Baptiste Planckaert
24 Dries De Pooter
25 Mike Teunissen
26 Taco Van Der Hoorn
27 Niccolo Bonifazio
31 Stan Dewulf
32 Pierre Gautherat
33 Lawrence Naesen
34 Oliver Naesen
35 Valentin Retailleau
36 Damien Touzé
37 Bastien Tronchon
41 Jenthe Biermans
42 Alan Riou
43 Hugo Hofstetter
44 Mathis Le Berre
45 Kevin Ledanois
46 Luca Mozzato
47 David Dekker
Team DSM
51 Pavel Bittner
52 Alberto Dainese
53 Sean Flynn
54 Leon Heinschke
55 Tim Naberman
56 Enzo Leijnse
57 Casper Van Uden
62 Daan Hoole
63 Jacopo Mosca
64 Jasper Stuyven
65 Edward Theuns
66 Mathias Vacek
67 Otto Vergaerde
71 Dorian De Maeght
72 Karl Patrick Lauk
73 Matteo Malucelli
74 Ludovic Robeet
75 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
76 Nathan Vandepitte
77 Luca De Meester
Team Flanders-Baloise
81 Ruben Apers
82 Gilles De Wilde
83 Milan Fretin
84 Alex Colman
85 Ward Vanhoof
86 Vito Braet
87 Vincent Van Hemelen
Lotto Dstny
91 Victor Campenaerts
92 Cédric Beullens
93 Frederik Frison
94 Milan Menten
95 Alec Segaert
96 Jarne Van De Paar
97 Florian Vermeersch
Human Powered Health
101 Stanislaw Aniolkowski
102 Adam De Vos
103 August Jensen
104 Colin Joyce
105 Stephen Bassett
106 Sasha Weemaes
107 Barnabas Peak
Israel-Premier Tech
111 Reto Hollenstein
112 Giacomo Nizzolo
113 Jens Reynders
114 Sep Vanmarcke
115 Rick Zabel
116 Lahav Davidzon
117 Riley Pickrell
Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team
121 Cyrus Monk
122 Antonio Puppio
123 Jack Bauer
124 Kamil Malecki
125 Matteo Moschetti
126 Tobias Ludvigsson
127 Filippo Colombo
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
131 William Blume Levy
132 Stian Fredheim
133 Urianstad Bugge Martin
134 Tord Gudmestad
135 Kristoffer Halvorsen
136 Louis Bendixen
137 Jonas Abrahamsen
141 Alexandre Kess
142 Robbe De Ryck
143 Len Dejonghe
144 Jacques Gloesener
145 Brent Van Der Eycken
146 Enrico Dhaeye
147 Alessandro Tuscano
151 Timothy Dupont
152 Maxime De Poorter
153 Andreas Goeman
154 Jacob Relaes
155 Brent Van De Kerkhove
156 Mauro Verwilt
157 Kobe Vanoverschelde
Go Sport-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
161 Rait Ärm
162 Maxime Jarnet
163 Samuel Leroux
165 Tom Mainguenaud
166 Stefano Museeuw
167 Norman Vahtra
Leopard TOGT Pro Cycling
171 Andreas Stokbro
172 Mads Østergaard
173 Cedric Pries
174 Oliver Knudsen
175 Torn Teutenberg Tim
176 Mats Wenzel
177 Colin Heiderscheid
Ecoflo Chronos
181 Lenaic Langella
182 Louis Coqueret
183 Edo Goldstein
184 Luke Valenti
185 Philippe Jacob
186 Matisse Julien
187 Nicolas Rivard
AT85 Pro Cycling
191 Christopher Lawless
192 Finn Crockett
193 Stuart Balfour
194 Rob Scott
195 Jim Brown
196 Josh Whitehead
197 Sam Culverwell
XSpeed United Continental
201 Mark Groeneveld
202 Brett Stoppa
203 Red Walters
204 Matthew King
205 Kristian Klevgård
206 Zachary Marshall
207 Orian Falk-Dotan