There’s no Matthew van der Poel in this Primus Classic, but another Dutch clapper who color the track. On the farewell tour, Nikki Terpstra took three more for an early morning ride. Along with Kasper Pedersen, Niklas Larsen, Mendert and Jolink, he made a seven-minute lead in the rain.
The drier it is, the closer the peloton will be to the fugitives. Especially Alpecin-Deceuninck (for Jasper Philipsen) and Lotto-Soudal (for Arnaud de Lee) who set the pace. However, it was Movistar’s acceleration that halved the bonus for the lead group. There it became clear that Dylan Groenwegen and Fabio Jacobsen would not share in the win. Dutch enemy bombs simply had to unload.
Then De Lie showed a completely different side of himself. He has already done the course himself on the Bekestraat and Hornenberg stones. Philipsen jumped on his wheel, as did Sep Vanmarcke and a few others. Later, Victor Campinaarts and Ilan Van Wilder also arrived. The attack put the runners right up front, but the teams were never reassured. In the peloton, Groupama-FDJ gathered forces to force a sprint race in favor of Arnaud Démare.
Ten kilometers from the finish, the reassembly was a reality, despite Vanmarkt’s spasm. Everyone understood, the enemy with a peloton will be limited. This was the scenario, until it suddenly started raining again. About two kilometers from the finish, there was a crash in the front of the peloton. In a fast, unstructured race, Démare sprinted in the last meters and Jordi Meeus was able to overtake her with his jump.
Jordi Meeus was somewhat the fastest in the sprint. “Of course it feels very good. It was a tough match, but I’m very happy that I managed to win.”
Meus told his story “In the last twenty minutes it started raining. This made the road a bit slippery. When I hit that corner, I entered fifth. From eighth place there was a big gap, so I was perfect.” “Schilling, my teammate, came back and pulled him right on the bar in the last straight line. Demir started and I was at the wheel, but I stayed for a while. In the last 50 meters he stopped and I was able to overtake he-she.”
Meeus recently won the final stage of the Tour of Britain. “I rode the Tour of Poland and broke my collar bones there. Then I went to England to prepare for the one-day races and came out of it really well.”
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