Rob Peeters narrowly missed a podium spot in fourth, and Tom Meeusen took seventh.Current world champion Sven Nys took the win with Philipp Walsleben and Klaas Vantornout in second and third, respectively.
Despite his strong result, Peeters suffered disappointment – and much pain – on the final descent when he ran into a pole, though only after a move from Vantornout that left Peeters no choice but to take the hit. Vantornout apologized after the race for his unintentional maneuver.
“I went head on into it,” Peeters said. “The wound is very deep and I fear I’ll have to go to hospital.” All at fi:zi’k wish him a speedy recovery.
Bart Wellens (13th) and Joeri Adams (16th) completed a strong set of results for the Telenet Fidea team, who are also looking good in the overall Superprestige standings. Meeusen now sits in sixth with Peeters moving up to eighth. Adams lies in 16th with Wellens, who’s been injured, in 21st.
There were no near misses in the men’s U23 event where Telenet-Fidea’s Wout Van Aert dominated the rest of the field, winning by over 90 seconds from Jens Adams (BKCP-Powerplus). The win lifts him to fourth in the overall classification.
Van Aert also crushed the competition in the U23 men’s GP in Hasselt just a day before, beating Mathieu van der Poel by nearly half a minute. Both riders are now level at the top of the series standings after three rounds.