Minerva Cycling Team lived up to its role as favourite in the lamented GP Carpentier. A decisive attack with 9 riders including Kasper Saver, Thomas Joseph and Gil D'heygere held off. In a thrilling sprint Gil D'heygere won before Elias Van Breussegem and Dutchman Rico Van Damme.
In Elverdinge near the bike shop Carpentier fourteen Minerva riders were ready to give their best. Before the start there was a thank you and a commemoration. Afterwards our blue shirts were allowed to cross the streets of Elverdinge symbolically in front of the peloton.
A number of lads were soon eliminated by punctures. After a trial by Thomas Joseph, most of the attack attempts were turned back. At the halfway point a nine-man breakaway formed with three of our riders in it. The lead grew to a good minute. The peloton played a game of cat and mouse and at one point approached the gap to 25 seconds. The peloton then broke up into pieces with riders trying their luck at the breakaway. Jarne Van Dyck acted as a watchdog. In the peloton, Thibaut Ponsaerts and Yentl Vandevelde kept an eye on the leaders.
The breakaway riders entered the final with a tight lead. An attack attempt by Van Breussegem was parried, Saver tried to go solo afterwards. He didn't get the chance to go solo over the finish line. In the meantime Gil D'heygere kept his eyes on the rider of the pie team. He entered the final straight as second. At the ideal moment he passed Van Breussegem and crossed the finish line first.
No better tribute to thank Filip and Daniël under a radiant sun ...