This Sunday, not less than 35 kilometer of unpaved roads and 28 kilometer of cobble sections had to be covered in the Antwerp Port Epic (1.1).
From the first unpaved road after 55 kilometer of racing, the six riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux were omnipresent in the front of the peloton and was caught after two strong accelerations.
As more and more riders were in difficulty at the back of the peloton, all riders of the Belgian World Team were present in a group of 30 survivors with two race hours to go. Several attacks resulted in a leading group of six men, among whom Adrien Petit.
This group of six riders rapidly gained a big advantage on the peloton and played a tactical game in the final. Frenchman Adrien Petit crossed the line in fifth place. 3 minutes later, Gerben Thijssen won the sprint for seventh place thanks to the help of his teammates. Andrea Pasqualon concluded the top ten.