Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon Circus) won the Brabantse Pijl ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal).
For Team Dimension Data, today’s race was somewhat of a test for Enrico Gasparotto and Roman Kreuziger as to where there form might be heading into the weekend’s Amstel Gold Race.
The race was fierce with numerous attacks over the sharp climbing parcours. Our Ardennes specialist duo showed they were up to the task, always present near the front of the main group.
In the final, it was the big names of Van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Wellens and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) that managed to clip off the front but Gasparotto was right in the mix of the chase group, coming home in solid 7th place.
Kreuziger was only a few placings further back in 15th, confirming their readiness for the Ardennes classics.
“As always this race is pretty fast, nervous and dangerous with narrow roads all day long and the entire bunch fighting for position because they think they have a good chances to be in the front. Personally, I’m happy because I’m coming from illness in Catalunya and an altitude camp. I was suffering all day but in the final I had a good feeling on the climbs. Unluckily I don’t digest cobblestones and I could not follow the first 4 guys when they went on that (cobble) section. Then it was all about trying to get back on the asphalt and finish top 10. I think today was a good result for the team, we are coming out of an unsuccessful period and it’s a good start to our Ardenne’s campaign. Also, it’s important for my team mates, now they know they can trust that I can be there in the mix, fighting for good results. This is important for our morale.” – Enrico Gasparotto