The 25-year-old Tim Merlier (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) on Wednesday, the 63rd edition of Ruddervoorde Curonian won. In the race over 172 km took Merlier in a sprint with nine for his team-mate Stijn Steels. Nikolas Maes completed the podium. The after injury recurrent Jan Bakelants finished ninth.
A group of nine riders went to the final. In the final kilometer tried Jan Bakelants sprint with this company yet to escape, but he was not there. During the subsequent spurt, there was no measure on Tim Merlier.
“However, panikeerde I two kilometers from the finish even. I followed the Dutchman Abraham and that solved suddenly take the role,” said Merlier afterwards. “Fortunately, I could the hole be sealed and so systematic forward shift in the front group. In the sprint I could have everyone behind me, well for my first win of the season.”