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Gerben Thijssen surprises all the best runners in Gooikse Pijl after millimeter sprint against Philipsen |  Cycling

Gerben Thijssen surprises all the best runners in Gooikse Pijl after millimeter sprint against Philipsen | Cycling

Fabio Jacobsen (last year winner), Arnaud De Lee, Alexander Kristof, Mark Cavendish, Jordi Mewes, Dylan Groenewegen, Jasper Philipsen, …

More than enough fast legs at the start in Halle with the goal of achieving a sprint after 199km. The course in Pajottenland tries to test runners every year with many bends and roads going up and down, but runners are rarely surprised by this.

Five early defectors tried their luck, but already knew what time it was when they entered their last local course. The names of the fugitives: Marchand, de Bestel, Abrahamsen, Bassett and Tollner.

Marchand was the first to go in front, while the other four held out until 10 km from the finish. Then a nervous final match began with Education First, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Lotto-Soudal all appearing in the front rows. Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl wasn’t very present despite Jakobsen and Cavendish being present.

No team was able to get a perfect train on the rails and so there were plenty of sprints next to each other on a slightly elevated bar. Jasper Philipsen came in strong on the right, but his timing wasn’t perfect.

Gerben Thijssen made use of his teammate Alexander Kristoff’s wheel to wait a little longer and throw his wheel in front of Philipsen. De Lai became trapped. There was no trace of Jacobsen and Cavendish. Groenewegen finished fifth.

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