Maciej Paterski in top 20 at Brussels Cycling Classic

Maciej Paterski finished Belgian one-day HC event, Brussels Cycling Classic, in 14th place.

The race was carried out on the roads surrounding Brussels, with the start in the center and the finish in the northwest part of the city. There were 13 typical Belgian climbs, called Les Cotes, on the menu and 200 kilometers to cover.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were very active early in the race, when multiple breakaway attempts were being launched. It took a long time until the escape was formed and unfortunately nobody from the ‘orange squad” was able to slip into it.

The day’s main break included Maxime Cam (Fortuneo – Vital Concept), Alexandr Kolobnev (Gazprom-RusVelo), Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Matteo Busato (Wilier – Southeast), Florent Delfosse (Wallonie – Bruxelles), Brecht Dhaene, Sander Cordeel (both Verandas Willems Cycling Team) and Gianni Marchand (Cibel – Cebon).

The peloton didn’t give them too much space, as the biggest gap of the day reached 3 minutes. The break got caught with 40km to go. Despite countless attacks late in the race it came down to a bunch sprint.

Tom Boonen (Etixx Quick Step) claimed the win edging out Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Maciej Paterski contested the sprint and got help from two of his teammates in the finale, taking 14th place.