Following on from yesterday’s success at GP Criquielion, Team DSM were back in action today as they looked to continue their good form at the mostly flat parcours of GP Monseré. It was an attacking start to the day with the team active in making sure no dangerous groups got away, before an eight rider breakaway eventually snapped the elastic and formed out front. Building a lead of around three minutes, the gap was held steady due to the good work on the front from Leon Heinschke and Pat Eddy.
Heading into the last 40 kilometres the pace was dramatically increased and the peloton split into three with Alex Edmondson, Sam Welsford, Tobias Lund Andresen, Niklas Märkl and Casper van Uden all making the front group of around 25. After a frenetic 20 kilometres everything came back together but in the meantime Märkl unfortunately had a touch of wheels and despite getting back on his bike, he wasn’t able to return to the smaller bunch.
Approaching the flamme rouge it was really hectic in the bunch with the narrow and twisting Belgian roads and a lot of road furniture with Van Uden, Lund Andresen and Edmonson coming late to bring finisher Welsford up. Showing a good turn of speed, Welsford burst out of the pack but had to go the long way round in the sprint and couldn’t get back on terms with the leading duo – having to settle for third place at the line.