Niki Terpstra won one-day Belgian event, Dwars door het Hageland – Aarschot, held on unusual course with many sectors of unpaved roads.
The race was as hard as it was spectacular. It included everything that you could expect from a Belgian one-day event or even more – cobblestones, short climbs, very narrow roads and quite long unpaved, gravel sections. The race was fast right from the start and the composition of the leading group was changing constantly.
Riders from the Benelux countries were setting the tone of the competition, as they initiated most of the moves. “Riders in orange’ tried to stay with the fastest and at one point two of them were part of the leading group, Jakub Kaczmarek and Adrian Kurek.
For most of the second part of the race an 11-man group was in the lead. Within the final 20 kilometers they were joined by few more guys and among them there was Niki Terpstra. Paris-Roubaix winner from 2014 attacked in the last climb, which led to the finish and surpassed alone leader, Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal). The Dutchman claimed a victory edging out one of the top cyclo cross riders, Wout van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice) and Florian Senechal (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits).
Only 82 riders arrived at the line and Adrian Kurek was the team’s top finisher in this event, taking 50th place.