Development Team Sunweb were back in action today at Antwerp Port Epic. A race known for its numerous kilometres of gravel roads and cobbled sections, it is a notoriously hard day in the saddle.
The team were active at the head of the race with Martin Salmon in one of the early moves that was soon brought back. Throughout the day there were constant attacks in the bunch with several groups going clear before they too were soon reeled in. The attacking nature of the peloton continued until eventually a group of five riders broke clear coming into the last 40 kilometres of the race. A few more riders would bridge to the front and that group would go on to fight for the win.
Working to position Niklas Märkl, the team stayed attentive during the finale, keeping the young German sprinter safe going into the gravel road sections. Coming into the sprint finish Märkl was left in what was now a reduced peloton, where he opened up his effort early and took to the front of the bunch. Producing a good kick to the line he ended the day in 18th place, a good result after what was a tough day in the saddle.