With Opening Weekend behind the bunch, the team were back in action today for more cobbled racing at the infamous Le Samyn. Faced with stiflingly cold temperatures and a consistent wind, it was set to be a tough day out in the saddle. It was a steady start though with a break of seven managing to escape early on, with all the team in the peloton; focusing on working well together and saving energy for the local laps in the closing 100 kilometres.
Entering those laps the team moved forward well and it soon became a race of attrition with the original breakaway caught at still over 50 kilometres to go. A flurry of attacks occurred with Sean Flynn and Pavel Bittner covering the moves, before a strong six-rider group went clear. Having missed the move, Flynn contributed to some early pace setting before he was joined by Casper van Uden and alongside some other teams they were eventually able to make the catch going into the last five kilometres. Fast finisher Alberto Dainese was brought up by the guys for the last cobbled section and Dainese made it into a group of six that went clear, however, the rest of the reduced group made contact under the flamme rouge.
Bittner did his best to then up the pace and lead out Dainese, who gave his all on the uphill drag to the line to take a solid fourth place after a good day out fro the team.