Maciej Paterski was among the most aggressive riders in the final 40 kilometers of Brussels Cycling Classic, but eventually he finished 17th after a bunch sprint finale.
The days main breakaway in the 201-kilometer race, consisted of 5 riders. It included Daniil Fominykh (Astana), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) and Sebastien Delfosse (Wallonie – Bruxelles). At one point their advantage was at 4:30, but the bunch closed the gap early. With 40 kilometers to go the peloton caught Delfosse, Van Melsen and Fominykh. Wallays and Malaguti stayed at the front a little bit longer, but were also reeled in few minutes later.
At this stage of the race many riders tried to pull away. Maciej Paterski was one of those who made an attempt to break clear. Despite a lot of action in the final 40 kilometers, the race ended with a bunch sprint.
The sprinters’ battle was played out on wet and slippery roads of Brussels. Etixx-Quick Step formed the train for their leader, but it was Dylan Groenewegen (Team Roompot Oranje Peloton) who took the win. The sprint was very close and the winner was named after the photofinish. The Dutchman crossed the line together with Roy Jans (Wanty – Groupe Gobert). It took jury long time to decide who was first, since Groenewege beat his rival by a hair. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) claimed third.
Maciej Paterski was the top finisher of CCC Sprandi Polkowice as he came in in 17th place.