Brussels Classic: Stosz breaks away, Taciak 25th

Patryk Stosz made his presence known in Brussels Cycling Classic, riding in the breakaway for most of the day. The race ended with a bunch gallop, won by Arnaud Demare.  

Info: 2nd of September, Brussels – Brussels, 201,3km

Course: 13 short but steep climbs (last one 40km from the finish)

How it unfolded

Patryk Stosz didn’t hesitate early in the race, attacking soon after the gun and joining 5-man escape. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider spent most of the day alongside Brian Van Goethem (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij), Dimitri Peyskens (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), Sander Cordeel (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) and Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom-RusVelo). They established 5-minute lead with 35km into the race.

After the halfway point peloton picked up the pace and reduced the gap to under 2 minutes. The most eager chasers didn’t want to wait any longer and decided to jump across. Around 10 riders joined Stosz’s group with 70km to go, but at that point the difference between leaders and the field was only one minute.

After such a long and intense effort, Stosz was unable to keep up with other escapees and got dropped 50km from the finish.

12 riders who remained in the front kept 30-second lead until final 10 kilometers. This is when the first group blew apart. Matthias Brandle (Trek-Segafredo) decided to give it a one last push and tried a solo action. His attempt wasn’t successful though as he was brought back in just before flamme rouge.

The race was decided in a bunch sprint, taken by Arnaud Demare (FDJ). He defeated Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates) and Andre Greipel (Lott-Soudal). Mateusz Taciak was the fastest from Polkowice-based squad, finishing in 25th.