Álvaro José Hodeg has the Handzame Classic winner. The Colombian, of Quick Step sprinted to victory in a sprint. Kristoffer Halvorsen, last year’s winner, finished on place two.
The eighth edition of the Handzame Classic, going to be kicked in Bredene, brought the riders from the Belgian coast to the cobbles and climbs of Flanders, to end up with three local laps in Handy. The one day race makes this year no longer part of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup, but that the course director is certainly no problem. “This year, we are allowed our own field compiling. The question was always so large that we have many teams had to disappoint you”, sounded the start at Sporza.
After three quarters of an hour course delivered to a small group of riders away from the peloton in this miniversie of Gent-Wevelgem. Seven to be exact, but their flight was of very short duration. Nine other freebooters were then given a safe-conduct, accompanied by two Belgians: David Boucher (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Dennis Coenen (Cibel-Cebon). Together with Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energy), Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot), Peter King (Aqua Blue), Maikel Zijlaard (Hagens Berman), Gatis Smukulis (Delko-Marseille), Adrian Kurek (CCC) and Florian Stork (Sunweb), their maximum gap is never more than five minutes.
Stork gave, however, halfway through the race threw in the front, with a further 50 kilometres on the clock also showed Maikel Zijlaard, the grandson of Joop Zijlaard, sagging from the breakaway group. The leading group never ahead would continue, was, of course, long been clear. Oscar Riesebeek kept it for the longest time, he was eight kilometres from the finish line eventually swallowed up by the peloton. That they are very nervous, went, turned out to be six kilometers from the finish. Three riders went up the road with Lawrence Naesen (Lotto-Soudal) and Florian Senechal (Quick Step Floors).
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Again Quick Step
The expected sprint came there then in the streets of Handzame. Fabio Jakobsen, earlier this week is still the winner in Nokere Curonian, piloteerde perfectly to his team mate Álvaro José Hodeg, the Colombian sprinted everyone out of the wheel. Kristoffer Halvorsen, last year’s winner, finished on place two. Kenny Dehaes was the best Belgian, he ended up on place six.
1. Alvaro Jose Hodeg (Quick Step Floors)
2. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Sky)
3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe)
4. Matteo Pelucchi (BORA-hansgrohe)
5. Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport)
6. Kenny Dehaes (WB Aquaprotect-Veranclassic)
7. Rui Oliveira (Hagens Berman Axeon)
8. Tanguy Turgis (Vital Concept)
9. Moreno Hofland (Lotto-Soudal)
10 Jonas Koch (CCC)