At the end of a sélective race with 38 climbs, Belgian rider Loïc Vliegen obtained his second podium of the season in the Volta Limburg Classic (1.1, 2/04). The resident from Riemst finished twice ninth on his training roads before and had to battle against a freezing cold and snow storm this time.
By taking the responsibility in the peloton, the Belgian World Team maintained the early breakaway within reach and in the approach to the fourth and last passage on the Gulpenberg, Kévin Van Melsen counterattacked behind a new breakaway of two riders, forcing the other teams to work behind with 47 kilometer to go.
In the final 20 kilometer, Vliegen isolated himself with five other riders in the front. He did not calculate his efforts and tried to get rid of his fast breakaway companions. In the end, the six men battled for the victory on the cobbles in the centre of Eijsden and Vliegen achieved third place. Baptiste Planckaert finished one minute later in the remaining peloton, in fifteenth position.