BE Belgium 21 Jun 201 km

Halle Ingooigem

BE Belgium 21 Jun 201 km

Iljo Keisse podiums at Halle-Ingooigem

Iljo Keisse podiums at Halle-Ingooigem

The Belgian sprinted to his second top-3 finish of the season, four days before making his sixth appearance at the National Championships.

Coming off the back of a strong Ster ZLM Toer, where he was part of a successful Quick-Step Floors squad which notched a stage win and placed two riders in the top five, Iljo Keisse showed his fine form and fast turn of speed at the 70th edition of Halle Ingooigem, getting into the mix with the sprinters and taking a well-deserved podium, behind Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo).

The 200.5km 1.1 Belgian race was expected to end up in a bunch gallop, but the attackers made sure of putting the sprinters' teams to work until the very end, launching move after move in the final 50 kilometers, once the day's three-man escape was reeled in. The peloton reacted quickly each time, but it was only with five kilometers to go that all the attacks were suppressed and things eventually calmed down, before the hectic finish in which Iljo came a close third.

Keisse's top-3 in Wednesday's race was Quick-Step Floors 64th podium since the start of the season, half of these coming in the form of victories. The 34-year-old's next event will be the Belgian Championships, which will be held on Sunday, in Antwerp, over a 238km course that will see the riders take on 28 cobblestone sectors, for a total of 19.6 kilometers of pavé.

 

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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