The Gent-Wevelgem will conclude the first week of Belgian cobbled classics tomorrow after riders take on the challenging 240km course. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start with hopes of an improved performance after the early racing this week. The route is slightly more forgiving than what riders have experienced already this week but there are still 9 Hellingens to contend with tomorrow. The Monteberg will be the final climb of the day but as it’s situated 35km from the finish there is a good chance a general regrouping could take place as has been the case in previous years. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b.
As he has multiple times this year already, Johann van Zyl made sure Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were represented in the breakaway during the 3rd Coppi Bartali stage. The stage would end in a mass sprint though with Francesco Chicci (Androni-Giocattoli) reigning victorious. There was a total of 11 riders in the main escape of the day, joining Johann was countryman Dylan Girdlestone (Drapac) in the move to make it 2 riders from Africa out in the lead. The peloton allowed the attackers to gain a maximum advantage of 3 minutes before Bardiani and Team Sky began the calculated chase. With a fast and flat.