This Friday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux had the honor to participate to the first professional gravel race on European soil. The Serenissima Gravel, placed in between the Giro del Veneto and the Veneto Classic on the calendar, welcomed eleven teams of four riders at the start at the Adriatic Coast in Lido di Jesolo.
Riccardo Minali, Taco van der Hoorn, Boy van Poppel and Kévin Van Melsen represented the Belgian team under direction of Valerio Piva on the parcours of 126.8 kilometer, containing eleven unpaved sections of 88.5 kilometer in total. Therefore, the four riders could rely on CUBE Nuroad C:62 Bikes equipped with Continental Terra Trail TR 40mm tires.
Behind Alexey Lutsenko, who distanced his competitors halfway though the race, a chasing group of twelve riders was formed. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert was the only team represented with all four riders and took the responsibility of chasing the Kazakh rider, but Lutsenko showed an impressive resistance on the final circuit around the Piazzola sul Brenta. 45 seconds behind the winner, Riccardo Minali won the sprint of the chasing group. Kévin Van Melsen finished 5th and Taco van der Hoorn crossed the line in 10th place.