Paterski 7th in Heistse Pijl

Maciej Paterski finished 7th in the Belgian, one-day event, Carrefour Market Heistse Pijl (1.1)

The riders faced a challenging, 195-kilometer course, as the race was held in a typical, Belgian terrain, with twisty, narrow, hilly and sometimes cobblestone roads.

The first hour of racing saw lots of breakaway attempts but due to fast pace in the bunch, nobody was able to break clear. First escape, which gained more time on the pack, included some of the race favorites. Two-time winner, Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step) was involved in the action, alongside Stef Van Zummeren (Verandas Willems Cycling Team), Sep Vanmarcke (Team LottoNL – Jumbo), Wout Van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice), Elias Van Breussegem (Verandas Willems Cycling Team ) and Nick Van der Lijke (Roompot – Oranje Peloton).

They established a gap of over one minute and were never really let go by the bunch. The main field caught the leading group with 60km to go and the race started all over.

Another move was made by Fernando Gaviria, Yves Lampaert, Nikolas Maes (all Etixx-Quick Step), Tiesj Benoot, Sean de Bie, Jurgen Roelandts (all Lotto Soudal), Time Roosen, Tom Van Asbroeck, Robert Wagner, Paul Martens (allTeam LottoNL – Jumbo), Wouter Wippert (Cannondale), Kenny De Haes (Wante – Goubert), Dries De Bondt (Verandas Willems Cycling Team) and Jelle Donders (Superano Ham – Isorex).  Riders in orange were unable to join those leaders and were forced to chase. Alan Banaszek and Adrian Kurek did a lot of work at the head of the peloton.

At the peak the escape and the bunch was separated by 40 seconds. When the attackers entered final 10 kilometers they stopped cooperating though and started playing games. Attacking one another cost them greatly, as the lack of collaboration slowed them down and gave the main field an opportunity to close the gap.

The race was brought back together with one kilometer remaining and it came down to a mass sprint. In the end Maciej Paterski fought for a good position and managed to take 7th place at the line. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) powered to victory, beating Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) and Aidis Kruopis (Verandas Willems Cycling Team).