The favorites have the Brabant Arrow color. A noteworthy four – Wellens, Alaphilippe, Matthews and Van der Poel – reed in the final lap away from the pack. The foursome ran to the victory in which there was no measure on Mathieu van der Poel. He took it for Julian Alaphilippe and Tim Wellens.
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The arrival of Julian Alaphilippe, after his problem in the Tour of the Basque country, to the Brabant Arrow gave the game suddenly a lot of pigment. Because in addition to the best ééndagsrenner of the time was also one Mathieu van der Poel at the start. And Alberto Bettiol, winner of the Tour of Flanders. And, of course, also have Tim Wellens, the winner of last year. And, of course, Sonny Colbrelli and Michael Matthews, two leaders for whom the finish in Overijse, no secrets. In short, this field had everything to be the most beautiful Brabant Arrow of the past few years.
At the Brabantse pijl will also hear an early flight. Seven riders opted for the attack, with five compatriots: Dries De Bondt (Corendon-Circus), Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Arjen Livyns (Roompot-Charles), Ludovic Robeet (Bruxelles-Wallonie) and Edward Planckaert (Vlaanderen – Baloise). The seven got a handful of minutes ahead but at the approach of the local rounds in Overijse, increased the peloton the pace under the impetus of Tim Declercq and seven within reach.
Then the game could begin. Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) and Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck – Quick Step) tried first to bridge to the leaders to save but were to the order called by Mathieu van der Poel himself. The front was Frederik Backaert clearly the strong element and was the leading group is systematically thinned out.
Lotto-Soudal wanted to race hard in the service of Tim Wellens. Bjorg Lambrecht was the next rider that lasted. He was an ex-winner Petr Vakoc, also in the Swiss Hirschi and Gianni Vermeersch locks. But under the impulse of Bahrain-Merida turned the avant-garde of the ever-shrinking peloton.
The selective local round invited to exchange rates so that at a good thirty kilometres from the end of the last early escapees were picked up. The acceleration came on the IJskelderlaan and was for the account of Daryl Impey. The South African champion immediately got a gap and started the final lap with a lead of 22 seconds on the peloton which Deceuninck – Quick Step the debates controlled in the service of Alaphilippe.
It was clearly waiting on the last climbs. Alaphilippe launched its offensive in the Hertstraat and immediately got Tim Wellens in his wheel. Van der Poel recognized the danger and jumped along with Matthews to a duo that has grown up with Impey was touched. Five leaders, five favorites, four fast men also: could be better.
A first gear of Wellens took Impey the head, also when Matthews was in all the joints. The peloton had neither the towel thrown in, so we fight in all fronts.
On the IJskelderlaan loved Mathieu van der Poel, the pace tight, but the attack came from Julian Alaphilippe. Van der Poel closed the first, for Wellens and Matthews took more effort. Wellens tried one more time his companions to be a surprise but received no foot space. The last climb of the day, the Schavei, resulted in nothing more so sprints as well was with four. Therein showed Mathieu van der Poel with surplus the fastest, of head. Yet another unlikely track of the Dutchman.