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2019 Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem (HC), Belgium

22nd edition: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem podium history | 2018 edition | 2021 edition (race not run in 2020)

Brakel - Haacht, 197 km

Edeward Theuns

Edward Theuns just beats Pascal Ackermann to win in Haacht.

Weather at the finish city of Haacht at 2:30 PM, local time: 24C (75F), sunny, with the wind from the east-southeast at 14 km/hr (9 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from second-place Pascal Ackermann's Bora-hansgrohe team.

The Primus Classic featured the terrain of a spring classic, but at the end of summer, its 197km profile dotted with fifteen short and steep climbs – enough to sap energy from the legs of the toughest all-rounder – before the flat finish in Haacht. While the smooth Belgian roads would make the kilometres pass faster, there were many times along the route where the riders would travel through built-up areas, bringing with them street furniture, speed bumps and twisting roads, ready to catch out the unwary, while some of the climbs even featured cobblestones to make the gradients approaching 20% that much harder.

The moment the race got underway, the climbing began, but this didn’t dampen the ambitions of the day’s breakaway. Five riders forged ahead and built up their lead on the peloton, but the fast roads made it difficult for the escapees to put much more than three minutes between themselves and the peloton – and with the likes of BORA-hansgrohe’s Marcus Burghardt, Pascal Ackermann and Michael Schwarzmann pushing the pace, the gap only shrank. After sweeping up the break with a little more than 40km to go, a duo went off the front, chased by Peter Sagan and Pascal, and while this group was unable to make the catch, it was clear the entire BORA-hansgrohe squad was on form – riding on the front and keeping the break less than a minute in front, before ramping up the pace in the closing kilometres, driving down the gap and making the catch with 8km to go – perfect timing for a bunch sprint.

However, in a change to the script, a solo rider tried to frustrate the fast men, and as the kilometres turned into metres, Pascal Ackermann took matters into his own hands and started his sprint. Grimacing every last metre, the result came down to centimetre, the German rider clearly in anguish having sprinted from so far out to try to take the win. While he had to settle for second, it was clear Pascal had the power and speed to take the win today.

From the Finish Line:
"It was again a very close finish but Theuns managed to hold on. I might have started my sprint a bit late but I think it was clear I had very good legs and the team had done an excellent job throughout the race. We were in all the groups, we were present in all race situations and in my view, we did everything right today. It is, obviously, a bit disappointing to finish second so close behind the winner, but I think we can be happy with our result and our work today. It wasn't an easy race with all the climbs and the tough start until the break formed but we had a strong team and we executed the plan we had. In my view, we are all strong ahead of the World Championship next week and I hope one of us takes the rainbow jersey." – Pascal Ackermann

"We had a good race today and although we missed victory by a very small margin we can be satisfied with our performance. We executed the plan we had, I was in the front group in the final climbs and responded to all the attacks while in the final kilometres I pulled to bridge the gap to Theuns. Congratulations to Pascal for his result, he was the fastest sprinter today. We'll try again tomorrow." – Peter Sagan

"I think the guys worked, once again, very well together. Everybody contributed and Peter was as well active in the middle part of the race to try and cover the attacks. Unfortunately, in the final straight we didn't have the strong lead-out necessary for victory but still, Pascal was able to outsprint everybody in the bunch and take a close second place." – André Schulze, Sports Director

Complete results:

197 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.718 km/hr

1 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo 4hr 36min 42sec
2 Pascal Ackermann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
3 Jasper De Buys Lotto-Soudal s.t.
4 Dylan Groenewegen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
5 Timothy Dupont Wanty-Gobert s.t.
6 Jakub Mareczko CCC Team s.t.
7 Greg Van Avermaet CCC Team s.t.
8 Giacomo Nizzolo Dimension Data s.t.
9 Mike Teunissen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
10 Cyril Lemoine Cofidis s.t.
11 Toms Skujinš Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Evaldas Šiškevicius Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
13 Cees Bol Team Sunweb s.t.
14 Olav Hjemsæter Team Coop s.t.
15 Fabio Jakobsen Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
16 Lionel Taminiaux Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
17 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
18 Romain Cardis Total Direct Energie s.t.
19 Mathieu van der Poel Corendon-Circus s.t.
20 Piet Allegaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
21 Clément Russ Arkea-Samsic s.t.
22 Julien Vermot Dimension Data s.t.
23 André Greipe Arkea-Samsic s.t.
24 Louis Vervaeke Team Sunweb s.t.
25 Anthony Turgis Total Direct Energie s.t.
26 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
27 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
28 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Gobert s.t.
29 Stan Dewul Lotto-Soudal +6''
30 Aimé De Gendt Wanty-Gobert +7''
31 Jenthe Biermans Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
32 Mads Pedersen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 Loïc Vliegen Wanty-Gobert s.t.
34 Tim Declerc Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
35 Mikkel Honoré Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
36 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
37 Nathan Earle Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
38 Reto Hollenstein Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
39 Franck Bonnamour Arkea-Samsic s.t.
40 Herman Dahl Joker Fuel of Norway s.t.
41 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
42 Jens Debusschere Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
43 Ole Forfang Joker Fuel of Norway s.t.
44 Benoît Jarrier Arkea-Samsic s.t.
45 Amund Grøndahl Jansen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
46 Jérôme Baugnies Wanty-Gobert s.t.
47 Dimitri Peyskens Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
48 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
49 Niki Terpstra Total Direct Energie s.t.
50 Mathijs Paasschens Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
51 Oscar Riesebeek Roompot-Charles s.t.
52 Aksel Nõmmela Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
53 Otto Vergaerde Corendon-Circus s.t.
54 Dries De Bondt Corendon-Circus s.t.
55 Jonas Koc CCC Team s.t.
56 Jay McCarthy Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
57 Christoph Pfingsten Bora-hansgrohe @ 14sec
58 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo +16''
59 Jannik Steimle Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
60 Jens Keukeleire Lotto-Soudal +38''
61 Elias Van Breussegem Tarteletto-Isorex +56''
62 Fridtjof Røinås Joker Fuel of Norway +1' 15''
63 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step +1' 22''
64 Paul Martens Jumbo-Visma +1' 37''
65 Dylan Bouwmans Metec-TKH +2' 06''
66 Marco Haller Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
67 Michael Schär CCC Team +2' 28''
68 Nathan Van Hooydonck CCC Team s.t.
69 Marcus Burghardt Bora-hansgrohe +2' 52''
70 Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo +5' 07''
71 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +6' 14''
72 Niels De Rooze Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
73 Edward Planckaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
74 Michiel Stockman Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
75 Max Kanter Team Sunweb s.t.
76 Lars Bak Dimension Data s.t.
77 Stijn Steels Roompot-Charles s.t.
78 Elmar Reinders Roompot-Charles s.t.
79 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
80 Dimitri Claeys Cofidis s.t.
81 Clément Carisey Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
82 Louis Bendixen Team Coop s.t.
83 Jonas Rickaert Corendon-Circus s.t.
84 Maarten Wynants Jumbo-Visma s.t.
85 Nick van der Lijke Roompot-Charles s.t.
86 Rüdiger Selig Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
87 Asbjørn Kragh Team Sunweb s.t.
88 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
89 Julien Trarieux Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
90 Fabio Sabatini Deceuninck-Quick Step +9' 49''
91 Jan-Willem van Schip Roompot-Charles s.t.
92 Filippo Fortin Cofidis s.t.
93 Cédric Beullens Wanty-Gobert s.t.
94 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
95 Kenneth Vanbilsen Cofidis s.t.
96 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
97 Eirik Lunder Team Coop s.t.
98 Marten Kooistra Team Sunweb s.t.
99 Mickaël Guichard Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
100 Zakkari Dempster Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
101 Søren Wærenskjold Joker Fuel of Norway s.t.
102 Brent Clé Corendon-Circus s.t.
103 Emmanuel Morin Cofidis s.t.
104 Florentin Lecamus Arkea-Samsic s.t.
105 Tom Wirtgen Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
106 Enzo Wouters Lotto-Soudal s.t.
107 Wesley Kreder Wanty-Gobert s.t.
108 Håkon Aalrust Team Coop s.t.
109 Lasse Hansen Corendon-Circus s.t.
110 Brenton Jones Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
111 Connor Swift Arkea-Samsic s.t.
112 Alan Riou Arkea-Samsic s.t.
113 Ludvik Holstad Joker Fuel of Norway s.t.
114 Andreas Vangstad Joker Fuel of Norway s.t.
115 Tom Leezer Jumbo-Visma s.t.
116 Benjamin Perr Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
117 Dmitriy Strakhov Katusha-Alpecin s.t.