BE Belgium 18 Jun 199.5 km

Ride Bruges (Bruges Cycling Classic)

BE Belgium 18 Jun 199.5 km

Top 10 for Serry in Ride Bruges

Top 10 for Serry in Ride Bruges

After a 28-year absence, Bruges Cycling Classic returned to the calendar and the Belgian event didn't disappoint in terms of course (which included 15 cobblestone sectors), spectacle and hard racing.

Six men booked a place in the lead early on the day at the 199.5km-long Ride Bruges, having carved out a four-minute advantage by the time they hit the first pavé sector 70 kilometers into the race, but that gap went up in smokes once the cobbles crammed into the closing 50 kilometers came at a fast rate, splintering the bunch and forcing a selection which in the end proved decisive.

The escapees were reeled in with 36 kilometers left, and soon another group emerged at the front, this time counting 14 riders, among them also Quick-Step Floors' Pieter Serry, who was back in action three weeks after he concluded the Giro d'Italia. The Belgian was among the men to drive that group, his fair share of work at the front helping the attackers build an advantage which soon became clear it would be enough for them to contest the win.

In the final five kilometers, a few riders tried to go solo, but they were quickly brought to heel and it was all played out in a reduced sprint, from which Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) emerged victorious, beating Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and fellow countryman Lawrence Naesen (WB Veranclassic Aqua Project).

Pieter Serry took ninth place in Brugge, a city renowned worldwide not only for its love for cycling but also for the breathtaking Gothic architecture it boosts, for his second top-10 of the season. Not far behind, two other Quick-Step Floors riders finished the race in the first 20, Julien Vermote (16th) and Dries Devenyns (17th).

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele


Quick-Step Floors Team to Ride Bruges and Halle Ingooigem

Quick-Step Floors Team to Ride Bruges and Halle Ingooigem

The two Belgian one-day races are the final events in which our riders will take part before the start of the National Championships.

Won in the past by riders of high caliber, such as Marcel Kint, Rik Van Steenbergen, Rik Van Looy, Patrick Sercu and Freddy Maertens, the Brugge Cycling Classic returns to the international scene this year, when the riders will take on a fairly flat course just short of 200 kilometers, which should conclude in a bunch gallop, although the crosswinds could play an important role.

Quick-Step Floors – the most successful outfit of the season – will head to the Ride Bruges with a five-man squad consisting of Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Pieter Serry, Petr Vakoč and Julien Vermote, who can leave their mark on Sunday's race.

Three days later, Tim and Pieter will line out for the 70th edition of Halle Ingooigem, where they'll be joined by New Zealand National ITT Champion Jack Bauer, Iljo Keisse and neo-pro Enric Mas. The race, won three times in the past decade by our team, will follow a 201km-route that includes Kanarieberg, Knokteberg and Tiegemberg, as well as several cobbled stretches, before easing up in the second half of the race, when the peloton will attempt a regrouping.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele


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