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Primus Classic

Three Belgian classics and a title to defend

The series of end of the season classics continues this weekend with three races on Belgian soil: the Flemish Championship (1.1, 17/09) on Friday, the Primus Classic (1.Pro, 18/09) on Saturday and the Gooikse Pijl (1.1, 19/09) on Sunday. Only one of those three races took place in 2020 and it was Danny Van Poppel who offered Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert the victory in a bunch sprint in the Gooikse Pijl.

On Saturday, the outskirts of Brussels are the battlefield of the Primus Classic, with start in Brakel and finish in Boortmeerbeek. The hilly parcours of 197.7 kilometer contains eighteen climbs. Six of them are concentrated between 70 and 50 kilometer before the finish: the Moskesstraat (2x), the Holstheide (2x), the Smeysberg and the Florivalstraat. The Horenberg, last difficulty of the day, is situated 35 kilometer before the finish. Taco van der Hoorn won the Primus Classic in 2018, holding off Aimé De Gendt (4th), thanks to a long attack. Danny van Poppel also finished close to the podium with 4th in 2015. The trio will be at the start of this edition next to trainee Dries De Pooter, Tom DevriendtBoy van Poppel and Loïc Vliegen.

« For the Flemish Championship it is clear that we have to focus our efforts on a fast rider, so the team will work to defend the chances of Riccardo Minali and Baptiste Planckaert. On Saturday, I’m expecting a hard race because the two laps on the roads of the World Championships in Overijse make the race harder than it was before. There will probably be a big selection, skimming the peloton to a group of twenty to thirty riders, hopefully with Aimé De Gendt, Taco van der Hoorn and Danny Van Poppel. Taco is a former winner here and Aimé was on the podium in Overijse a couple of weeks ago. Danny has two opportunities to show his good form this weekend. Defending his title in Gooik is a nice challenge for the team! »

Primus Classic:
Aimé De Gendt
Dries De Pooter
Tom Devriendt
Taco van der Hoorn
Boy Van Poppel
Danny Van Poppel
Loïc Vliegen

Sportive Direction:
Hilaire Van der Schueren
Aike Visbeek


General Classification


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