For the second year in a row, a rider of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux climbed on the second step of the podium in the Tour of Drenthe (1.1, 13/03). This classic of almost 200 kilometer between Assen and Hoogeveen was the first race of the World Team’s Dutch calendar this Sunday.
A trio escaped in the beginning, with the riders directed by Frederik Veuchelen staying united in the peloton to approach the seven cobble sections in the first race half. Kévin Van Melsen then took the lead of the bunch to reduce the advantage.
The final was opened during the second of five passages on the Col du VAM (0.4km at 4.6%) in the final 100 kilometer. The first echelon in the race, with Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák caught the escapees and raced with an advantage of one minute on the first chasing group.
In the final race hour, Barnabás Peák reacted to the multiple attacks of for example the quartet of Jumbo-Visma. Behind Van Gestel, who attacked in the final, Peák won the sprint for second place in a group of five, repeating what Andrea Pasqualon did in the previous edition. Gerben Thijssen was the fastest of the chasing group and concluded the top fifteen.