In this 1.PRO race - Bredene Koksijde Classic - our team put in a strong collective performance. After several attack attempts, Kasper Saver managed to slip away with four other allies. The early breakaway held on until about seven kilometres from the finish. The peloton however broke up during the passage in the Heuvelland. A number of sprinters were able to catch up, which meant the race was controlled in the direction of Koksijde.
With five riders in the front, our blue brigade was able to wait and see. During the final kilometres our team tried to get a train on the rails. The WorldTeams immediately took over in order to give their sprinters the best possible performance. Nevertheless, four of our guys finished in the first group.
"We rode very well as a team. Our task was to have someone in the early breakaway, which worked out with Kasper. Once we got to the hill zone, cracks appeared in the peloton. Together with three other teammates and Kasper in the breakaway we were able to enter the local circuit in Koksijde. During the final kilometres we tried to come up with a train. We let ourselves do a bit too much there to get a top 15 finish.
Still, we were able to take a lot of publicity as a team and really put ourselves on the map. It is not easy to compete against WorldTeams in such a race. They already had a hard preparation by going from one race/stage to another. In the coming months of April and May, we should be able to reap the rewards." - Thomas Joseph
Bredene Koksijde Classic 1.PRO (200,9km)
1. Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates)
2. Hugo Hofstetter (Team Arkéa Samsic)
3. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix)
24th Gil D'heygere
25th Thimo Willems
39th Thomas Joseph
49th Gilles Borra