After the bunch sprint, Italian Christian Delle Stelle finished in 11th place in the Belgian one-day event Nokere Koerse – Danilith Classic.
It was very hard race. In the first hour the average speed reached 50km/h. And the wind was making everything even harder. The final sprint didn’t really suit me, because the road was paved with cobblestone. It favored more powerful riders and I weigh only 65 kilograms. I am happy with my form, which has been improving in the last couple of weeks and I feel confident ahead of the next races – Chrisitan Delle Stelle said afterwards.
Extremely high pace at the beginning of the race made creating a breakaway impossible. It took over 70 kilometers to form a leading group. David Boucher (FDJ), Jonas Rickaert (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Frederik Backaert (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Dieter Bouvry (Roubaix Lille Métropole) and Alphonse Vermote (Vastgoedservice – Golden Palace) went away establishing over 5 minute advantage
The peloton started to cut down the differential very early and the break got caught with 50km to go. It was followed by a series of attacks. Lots of riders were trying to create some gap but the chasing group was in the control the entire time.
It came down to a bunch sprint. The finale was held on the cobblestone road which went slightly up. Christian Delle Stelle was able to finish of the race strong, in 11th place. Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal) took the win. Justin Jules (Veranclassic – Ekoi) and Scott Thwaites (Bora-Argon 18) rounded out the podium.
Results of Nokere Koerse – Danilith Classic, 197,7km
1. Kris Boeckmans (Lotto Soudal)
2. Justin Jules (Veranclassic – Ekoi)
3. Scott Thwaites (Bora-Argon 18)
11. Christian Delle Stelle (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
52. Grzegorz Stępniak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
92. Adrian Honkisz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
149. Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
158. Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
160. Mateusz Taciak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
161. Jarosław Marycz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
DNF Josef Cerny (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)