After a hectic finale, Jonas Koch sprinted to 10th place in HC race, Brussels Cycling Classic.
Info: September 1st, Brussels – Brussels, 201,2km
Course: undulating, twisty and sometimes cobbled roads
Early on a 6-man group went clear, but it didn’t include „riders in orange”. As it turned out it might have been for the better, since peloton didn’t give the escapees too much space anyway.
3:15 – that was the biggest advantage of the day and to make things even harder for attackers, the main group decided to start cutting that gap quite early. With 50km to go only 1 minute separated the sextet and the field.
This is when Kamil Gradek decided to make his move. He pulled away with two other attackers getting daylight and bridging to the leaders with 28km remaining. After that merger 8 riders were in the lead, with the peloton 25s behind.
Unfortunately Gradek was not able to keep up the fluctuating pace of his fellow escapees, lost contact and got reeled back in inside final 20km. From that point on it was more or less all together until the finish.
The closing meters were very hectic, with a crash happening just 200m before the line, but Jonas Koch was able to avoid it and sprint for 10th place. Pascal Ackermann had the most power in his legs in the end, taking the win edging out Jasper Stuyven and Thomas Boudat.