Intermarché-Circus-Wanty showed its team colors in the first edition of the Figueira Champions Classic this Sunday, by finishing with three riders in the top ten after animating the whole race. This new Portuguese Classic, the first one to welcome World Teams, was held in the region Figueira da Foz (Coimbra).
Young riders Axel Huens and Dylan Vandenstorme, members of Development Team Circus- ReUz-Technord, started their season helping their leaders and this controlled the gap with the early breakaway of seven riders until the entrance of the local circuit.
This circuit, which contained the Rua Parque Florestal climb (2km at 8.5%), had to be accomplished three times. In the last lap, with 40 kilometer to go, Rune Herregodts joined a breakaway of seven riders, leading the race until the last 15 kilometer.
He was then joined by thirteen riders, among whom his teammates Rui Costa and Kobe Goossens. This group of strong riders sprinted for the victory in the streets of Figueira da Foz. Despite his efforts, Herregodts crossed the line in second position. Costa was fourth and Goossens concluded the top ten.