Development Team Sunweb were back in action today over the cobbles and gravel sections at Antwerp Port Epic. An incredibly tough parcours, it became a race of attrition almost from the gun with an incredibly high pace in the peloton. No breakaway was allowed to escape until after 40 kilometres where Niklas Märkl and Tim Naberman rode strongly to make it into a group of 11 riders.
Yet, their advantage was never allowed to exceed one minute and with 80 kilometres to go they were brought back. This led to more attacks, with small groups going clear before being caught for the next hour of racing. Casper van Uden and Jarno Mobach, the latter who fought back from a crash on one of the earlier mud sections, joined Märkl within the main peloton. After the guys were attentive at the front, Van Uden made it into the split of roughly 20 riders that went clear.
Unfortunately, van Uden had a mechanical at one of the important gravel sections and dropped out of the lead group. With the race decided ahead of them, Mobach was the first rider home for the team, finishing in the same group as Märkl.
|2||DEWULF Stan||Lotto Soudal||,,||85|
|3||PLANCKAERT Baptiste||Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles||,,||70|