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2016 Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem (HC), Belgium

19th edition: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition

Brakel - Boortmeerbeek, 200.4 km

Fernando Gaviria

Fernando Gaviria wins the 2016 Primus CLassic

The Race: Here's the story from winner Fernando Gaviria's Etixx-Quick Step team.

A superb lead-out and a well-timed sprint helped Colombian Fernando Gaviria claim his sixth victory of the season.

At just 22 years of age, Fernando Gaviria has all that it takes to become a huge rider: talent, panache, striking versatility, huge ambition and a strong and dominant team by his side, capable of protecting him and making the difference when it matters. All these were there for everyone to see in such events such as the Tour de San Luis, Tirreno-Adriatico or the Tour de Pologne, and most recently in the Grand Prix Impanis-Van Petegem (Brakel – Boortmeerbeek, 200 kilometers), one of the last Belgian races of the year.

Benjamin Giraud (Delko Marseille), Tom Dernies (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Julien Mortier (Color Code), Timothy Stevens (Crelan-Vastgoedservice), Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) were the six man to book a place on Saturday in the break which needed more than 40 kilometers to establish. As their lead didn't go north of four minutes, the escapees were brought back with 50 kilometers left, under the impetus of Etixx – Quick-Step and BMC.

It was no surprise that the race continued at an aggressive pace, and soon, another group formed, Fernando Gaviria, Magnus Cort (Orica-BikeExchange), Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) being some of the big names who pulled to build a maximum gap of 30 seconds. That group, although a strong one, was reabsorbed by the peloton 9 kilometers away from the line and despite several riders attempting to get clear and outfox the bunch, everything sticked together until the finish.

Etixx – Quick-Step moved to the front with two kilometers to go and delivered a solid and impressive lead-out to Fernando Gaviria, who finished off the work of his teammates in spectacular fashion, getting the better of his opponents to become the first Colombian winner of the Grand Prix Impanis-Van Petegem. Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) was second, while Max Richeze, the last man in Fernando's train, rounded out the podium of the 19th edition.

"It was a complicated and nervous race today. When Van Avermaet attacked, I jumped immediately, because I sensed that the move could have a chance to go all the way. Then, when they caught us, we switched our focus to the bunch sprint. Julien, Guillaume, Fabio and Max all brought me in an excellent position from which I couldn't miss. After coming second yesterday in Koolskamp, where my legs weren't so good, I wanted to repay them for their hard work and I'm happy to have managed that", said the 22-year-old, who netted Etixx – Quick-Step's 51st victory of the season.

Fernando Gaviria is the most successful neo-pro of 2016 in terms of victories, with six wins in the bag, and the one he got on Saturday afternoon has a special meaning for him: "I can't describe how delighted I am for taking my first ever victory in Belgium, a country I love and which breathes cycling, a country with incredible fans and spectacular races. I like this kind of parcours, with short climbs and cobbles, as it really suits me. I am extremely happy for winning today. Now I will continue to work hard for the final races of the season and give it my all for Etixx – Quick-Step."

Complete Results:

200.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.356 km/hr

1 Fernando Gaviria Etixx-Quick Step 4hr 37min 20sec
2 Timothy Dupont Veranda's Willems s.t.
3 Maximiliano Richeze Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
4 Tom Van Asbroeck LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
5 Magnus Cort Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
6 Alexander Porsev Katusha s.t.
7 Kevyn Ista Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
8 Robin Sténuit Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
9 Michael Svendgaard Stölting s.t.
10 Marco Haller Katusha s.t.
11 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
12 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
13 Jonas Rickaert Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
14 Michel Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
15 Floris Gerts BMC Racing s.t.
16 Maximilien Picoux Color Code s.t.
17 Steven Tronet Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
18 Justin Jules Veranclassic s.t.
19 Alexey Tsatevich Katusha s.t.
20 Pim Ligthart Lotto-Soudal s.t.
21 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
22 Alexander Maes Katusha s.t.
23 Sam Lennertz Veranclassic s.t.
24 Olivier Pardini Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
25 Anton Vorobyev Katusha s.t.
26 Gerry Druyts Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
27 Jarl Salomein Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
28 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
29 Niels De Rooze Veranclassic s.t.
30 Jasper De Buyst Lotto-Soudal s.t.
31 Maurits Lammertink Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
32 Greg Henderson Lotto-Soudal s.t.
33 Antoine Warnier Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
34 Bryan Coquard Direct Energie s.t.
35 Julien Mortier Color Code s.t.
36 Daniel McLay Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
37 Massimo Vanderaerden Veranclassic s.t.
38 Eugert Zhupa Wilier Triestina s.t.
39 Asbjørn Kragh Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
40 Gert Dockx Lotto-Soudal s.t.
41 Stijn Vandenbergh Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
42 Maxime Farazijn Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
43 Tim Kerkhof Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
44 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
45 Dennis Coenen Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
46 Alexey Vermeulen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
47 Sander Helven Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
48 Ludwig De Winter Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
49 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
50 Reinier Honig Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
51 Etienne van Empel Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
52 Amets Txurruka Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
53 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
54 Nicholas Schultz Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
55 Evaldas Šiškevicius Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
56 Vegard Breen Fortuneo Vital Concept @ 8sec
57 Antoine Loy Color Code s.t.
58 Johnny Hoogerland Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
59 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
60 Brecht Dhaene Veranda's Willems s.t.
61 Thierry Hupond Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
62 Adrien Petit Direct Energie s.t.
63 Nicolas Baldo Roth s.t.
64 Fabio Sabatini Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
65 Marvin Tasset Color Code s.t.
66 Gordon De Winter Color Code s.t.
67 Pieter Jacobs Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
68 Dimitri Peyskens Veranclassic s.t.
69 Nicola Toffali Roth s.t.
70 Carlos Verona Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
71 Frederik Veuchelen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
72 Alexander Edmondson Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
73 Jérôme Baugnies Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
74 Thomas Koep Stölting +14''
75 Olivier Chevalier Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
76 Moreno Hofland LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
77 Sébastien Delfosse Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
78 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
79 Michael Reihs Stölting s.t.
80 Michael Schär BMC Racing s.t.
81 Robert Power Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
82 Mads Pedersen Stölting s.t.
83 Aidis Kruopis Veranda's Willems s.t.
84 Martin Palm Color Code s.t.
85 Moritz Backofen Stölting s.t.
86 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
87 Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing s.t.
88 Dennis van Winden LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
89 Tosh Van der Sande Lotto-Soudal s.t.
90 Kris Boeckmans Lotto-Soudal s.t.
91 Brent Bookwalter BMC Racing +22''
92 Steven Lammertink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
93 Jef Van Meirhaeghe Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
94 Jurgen Van den Broeck Katusha s.t.
95 Jean-Marc Bideau Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
96 Dimitri Claeys Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27''
97 Sander Cordeel Veranda's Willems +45''
98 Franck Bonnamour Fortuneo Vital Concept +55''
99 Leonardo Duque Delko Marseille Provence +1' 01''
100 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step +1' 13''
101 Arnaud Gérard Fortuneo Vital Concept +1' 16''
102 James Oram ONE Pro Cycling +1' 24''
103 Rob Ruijgh Crelan-Vastgoedservice +1' 44''
104 Benoît Jarrier Fortuneo Vital Concept +2' 04''
105 Pierre-Luc Périchon Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
106 Cristian Raileanu Wilier Triestina +2' 37''
107 Christophe Laborie Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
108 Sven Reutter Stölting +3' 54''
109 Mirko Tedeschi Wilier Triestina s.t.
110 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
111 Tom Dernies Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
112 Mike Teunissen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
113 Iván García Etixx-Quick Step +5' 17''
114 Rubén Plaza Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
115 Kenny De Ketele Topsport Vlaanderen +6' 03''
116 Alexandre Pichot Direct Energie s.t.
117 Sylvain Chavanel Direct Energie s.t.
118 Thomas Voeckler Direct Energie s.t.
119 Vladimir Isaichev Katusha +7' 11''
120 Johan Hemroulle Color Code +7' 30''
121 Kevin Van Melsen Wanty-Groupe Gobert +7' 31''
122 Ruben Pols Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
123 Angelo Tulik Direct Energie +7' 34''
124 Tom Baylis ONE Pro Cycling +8' 24''