Quebec Hugo Houle (Hugo Houle) finished 44th in the 104th Flanders Tour. The game ended with a spectacular sprint, when Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel defeated Belgian Wout Van Aert by a few centimeters at the end of the game. The downfall of world champion Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe also marks this point.
“I run well overall. The shape is good. On the other hand, I start to feel my explosive power has decreased and I am a little tired. In short, I am not able to keep up with the top 15-20,” Continuous Said the eighth participant.
“Compared with other years, I have made good progress. The shape is better. I can run better, but I still lack the opportunity to deal with the best people in the world. But this has inspired my future.”
Hugo Houle, who won the team’s best result, emphasized that despite the great resistance, the pace of the race is still faster than the previous version.
The two-time champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) rode for more than 30 kilometers until the final 200-meter sprint. The Dutchman celebrated a very special victory. His father Adrie won the game 34 years ago. Norwegian Alexander Christoph (Emirates) crossed the finish line behind the team leader, leading the group by eight seconds and completing the podium.
Less than 40 kilometers away, Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) leads with some acceleration and leads with van der Poel. A few kilometers later, they were overtaken by Van Aert. The latter quickly recovered from the previous fall.
Behind the three-way breakthrough, Alaphilippe followed his opponent head-on when hitting the organization’s motorcycle. After being injured, he was forced to retire.
Guillaume Boyvin (the entrepreneurial nation of Israel) was pierced at the foot of Eikenberg, and a transmission failure eventually forced him to change his bicycle.
“This is the end of my game. He said that I tried to return later, but it was impossible. For me and the team, this is a day worth forgetting,” he added, especially referring to the Frenchman Hugo. · The downfall of Hugo Hofstetter. He was one of the heads of training.
A total of 172 drivers set off from Antwerp and reached the end of Oudenaarde. Due to health measures, the 243.3-kilometer route has been shortened by approximately 24 kilometers.
In the women’s game on the Flanders Tour, Quebecian Gabriel Pillot Fording (Marcy Tedic) failed to reach the finish line. The Dutchman Chantal van den Brooke (Boels-Dolmans) topped the podium. Her teammate and compatriot Amy Pieters (Amy Pieters) came in second, and Belgium Lotte Kopecky (Lotte Kopecky) came in third.
Guillaume Boivin and Hugo Houle will stay in Belgium and will start at Trois jours de Bruges-La Panne on Wednesday. This game will be the last game of their season. On the other hand, Tuesday will mark the start of the Montreal Tour, and Montrell James Piccoli will participate in the Spanish Tour for the first time.