GP Memorial Briek Schotte: Van Keirsbulck Victorious, 1-2 Day for OPQS
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck was added to the list of Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders with a win in 2012, taking his first victory of the season in Desselgem Koerse - GP Memorial Briek Schotte on Tuesday.
Young Florian Senechal, stagiaire for OPQS, made a breakaway of four riders at the start. Three laps later, four riders joined the break, and eventually, three more riders joined to make a total of 11 riders ahead.
Later in the race, Bert Grabsch and Nikolas Maes were present in a chase group of 15 riders. Unfortunately, there was also a crash in the front group involving Senechal, where he crashed into a spectator. He dropped to the second group as a result of the crash.
With 2.5 laps to go, Van Keirsbulck attacked, and on the last lap, Iljo Keisse also attacked. The result was a 1-2 day for OPQS. The second group caught the first group as well, but Senechal was edged out of a podium sweep opportunity as Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) bested him for 3rd. Other members of OPQS were also in the top 15.