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Kurek 27th in rainy Le Samyn

Niki Terpstra won rainy and tough Belgian one-day event, Le Samyn. Adrian Kurek finished in 27th place.

It was a very chaotic race, as the cross wind and rain caused some crashes and splits in the bunch throughout the entire competition. With 50 kilometers into the race, a 7-man group was established in the front, but the composition of that break was changing with every minute. Riders were falling behind and bridging the gap constantly. With 70 kilometers remaining around 30 riders were pedaling in the lead. Among them there was Adrian Kurek.

The final 100 kilometers were held on a 25-kilometer lap (tackled 4 times), with some tough cobblestone sectors. Rain made them quite slippery and dangerous, so extraordinary skills, specific for the Belgian races, were necessary to maintain position in the front.

Those who specialize in riding on the cobbles, in tough, rainy and windy conditions, took some risk and made their moves. Kurek unfortunately lost contact with the leaders with 50 kilometers remaining and was out of the contention for the top places.

Final two laps saw many attacks at the front and Nils Politt (Katusha) entered the last lap with a solo lead. He was chased by 10 riders, who were only few seconds behind.

Eventually he got caught and the decisive move came from Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) and Scott Thwaites  (Bora-Argon 18). The Dutchman took off 14 kilometers from the line, held on to his lead and earned an impressive win. Thwaites finished 2nd and Florian Senechal (Cofidis) won the 3-man sprint for 3rd.

Adrian Kurek came in in 27th place, as only 28 riders managed to complete the race.