Lining up at the start of the Gooikse Pijl (1.1, 19/09) with outgoing winner Danny van Poppel, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux almost managed to repeat the feat of the 2020 edition this Sunday. Throughout the day, the teammates of the Dutch sprinter took responsibility of the chase, first behind the early morning breakaway of seven riders, then behind several counterattackers who tried to exploit the hilly terrain of the Pajottenland.
The hard work of van Poppel’s teammates overcame any threat willing to deny the outcome of a bunch sprint. Ludwig De Winter and Loïc Vliegen kept the last attackers at reasonable distance before Danny van Poppel’s sprint train followed suit as they approached the final. Wesley Kreder and Boy Van Poppel put the winner of the Egmont Cycling Classic into orbit, who eventually took second place behind Jakobsen (Deceuninck). With this result, Danny van Poppel secures a place on the podium for the tenth time this season.