Coming SoonThis Sunday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux participated in the second Monument of the season, the Tour of Flanders (1.UWT, 03/04). The 106th edition connected Antwerp with Oudenaarde in 272 kilometer containing eighteen climbs and seven cobble sections.
And thanks to the indestructible Taco van der Hoorn, the Belgian World Team was once more represented in the front of the race. The Dutchman saw the opportunity and joined the early breakaway of nine riders 10 kilometer after the start on the Main Square in Antwerp.
Taco van der Hoorn approached the first of three passages on the Old Kwaremont, the first climb of the day in the Flemish Ardennes, with an advantage of 4 minutes on the peloton. This gap remained stable until the final 100 kilometer, when several counterattackers made a move before the Valkenberg.
At the same moment, Alexander Kristoff had a flat tire but thanks to the help of Tom Devriendt the Norwegian rider was quickly back in the peloton. Just before the Berg ten Houte, Aimé De Gendt and Boy van Poppel were involved in a crash and luckily continued the race without harm.
Despite multiple accelerations from the favorites, van der Hoorn started the second passage of the Old Kwaremont in the lead and resisted until the top which was situated 50 kilometer before the finish. Alexander Kristoff was together with De Gendt and Andrea Pasqualon present among the best riders at the foot of the Koppenberg.
In the final race hour, Kristoff and De Gendt battled in the first chasing group behind five riders. After more than six hours of effort, the former winner finished tenth. It is the eighth time in eleven participations that the Norwegian rider finished among the best ten riders in the Ronde.