The most Flemish of the Walloon classics, the GP Samyn (1.1, 01/03), lead the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in the province of Hainaut on Tuesday, where a 204-kilometre course through the Borinage ended in four laps of the local circuit, each featuring the cobbled sections of the Côte de la Roquette, the Chemin de Wihéries, the Côte des Nonettes and finally that of the rue de Belle Vue.
Strong in numbers at the entrance of the local circuits, the Belgian World Team had first made it possible to bring back the morning breakaway of six riders around 50 kilometers from the finish. Then, through Loïc Vliegen, Aimé De Gendt and Baptiste Planckaert, responded to the accelerations of the counter-attackers and eventually accompanied a group of 20 riders who set off on the penultimate passage of the Côte de la Roquette.
Loïc Vliegen, armed with determination, followed the multiple accelerations which ended up reducing the leading group to eight riders in the last 15 kilometers. Holding the peloton at bay until the end despite a 30-second lead, the front group sprinted to victory in Dour, and Vliegen secured fifth place. Andrea Pasqualon, who came third in the peloton, finished in eleventh place.