Astana Pro Team

06/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 13:21

Baloise Belgium Tour. Stage 1. Breakaway plays victory at the opening stage

The flat opening stage was characterized by heavy rain and cold weather throughout the day.

Early breakaway of 5 riders formed at the very beginning of the stage and one of the escapers Jan Willem van Schip managed to keep his advantage till the finish to celebrate his solo victory at the opening stage.

- It was expected that today's stage would finish with a massive sprint, since the stage profile was really flat. From the start it was a breakaway of 5 riders, which was pursued of sprinters teams during the day, but in the end one of the breakaway riders managed to do it till the finish and win. In general, two sprint teams controlled the race today, but the whole stage was pouring rain and the road was very slippery, so the peloton was not very risky. There were three rings in the final, in which we tried to organize the team's work to take Yevgeniy Gidich to good positions in case of sprint final, but there was a small crash before the finish, so we couldn't hold them, - said Daniil Fominykh after the finish.

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