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2021 Le Samyn (1.1), Belgium

53rd edition: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Le Samyn Podium history | 2020 edition | Photos | map

Quaregnon - Dour, 205.4 kms

Tim Merlier

Tim Merlier takes the race. Photo News picture.

Weather at the finish city of Dour at 2:15 PM, local time: 17C (62F), sunny, with the wind from the south at 8 km/hr (5 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from 3rd-place Andrea Pasqualon's Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team.

The peloton enjoyed the bright spring sun at the start of the GP Le Samyn (1.1, 2/03) in Quaregnon. It was only on the way back from the Pays des Collines that an early breakaway of five riders was formed. Despite the very nice weather circumstances, the peloton was very nervous. Danny Van Poppel was involved in a crash, but soon returned to the leading position in the peloton. Together with his brother Boy Van Poppel, he was part of the new 24 rider breakaway when the peloton split on the second passage on the cobbles of the Côte de la Roquette. After the next passage on this difficult and technical cobble section, with 35 kilometer to go, a group with Aimé De Gendt and Andrea Pasqualonmanaged to join them.

The final was very attractive, but even a last attempt of five riders with Danny Van Poppel and Mathieu van der Poel didn't succeed. In the slight sloping streets of Dour, Tim Merlier was the fastest at the end of the 205 kilometer race with 20 cobble sections, ahead of Rasmus Tiller and Andrea Pasqualon. The Italian sprinter achieved the first podium of the season for the team. Taking into account the two successive 2nd places of Aimé De Gendt in 2019 and 2020, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux has been successful in the Walloon opening classic for the past three years.

Andrea Pasqualon:
“It's nice to show the colors of the team in the Walloon opening race. Both for the riders and staff as for the sponsors, the GP Le Samyn is a special day. The team performed very well today and we did what we had to do to take the victory. With Danny on the attack in the final kilometers, and Aimé bringing me into a perfect position with 200 meter to go, everything went perfectly. I felt good and tried my best, but two guys were stronger. My crash in Omloop het Nieuwsblad, the hard opening weekend and some difficult nights definitely had an influence on my freshness today. Maybe those were the percents I was lacking to take the victory. But I'm happy that we're on a good way! Also the next weeks some special races are coming up for me with the Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-San Remo!”

Complete Results:

Photos

205.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.899 km/hr

1 Tim Merlier Alpecin-Fenix 4hr 34min 29sec
2 Rasmus Tiller Uno-X s.t.
3 Andrea Pasqualon Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
4 Sep Vanmarcke Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
5 Hugo Hofstetter Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
6 Amaury Capiot Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
7 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal s.t.
8 Dimitri Claeys Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
9 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
10 Milan Menten Bingoal-WB s.t.
11 Jordi Warlop Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
12 Damien Touzé Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
13 Lukasz Wisniowski Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
14 Jempy Drucker Cofidis s.t.
15 Fabio Van Den Bossche Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
16 Victor Campenaerts Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
17 Olav Kooij Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.
18 Daan Hoole SEG Racing Academy s.t.
19 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
20 Thimo Willems Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
21 Clément Russo Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
22 Lorrenzo Manzin Total Direct Energie s.t.
23 Danny van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
24 Gijs Van Hoecke Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
25 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X s.t.
26 Tim Declercq Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
27 Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
28 Florian Sénéchal Deceuninck-Quick Step @ 5sec
29 Mark Cavendish Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
30 Martijn Budding Beat Cycling s.t.
31 Jarno Mobach Leopard Pro @ 7sec
32 Stan Dewulf Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
33 Jenthe Biermans Israel Start-Up Nation @ 9sec
34 Markus Hoelgaard Uno-X s.t.
35 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Fenix @ 12sec
36 Cédric Beullens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
37 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Fenix @ 16sec
38 Jasper Philipsen Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
39 Jan-Willem Van Schip Beat Cycling @ 53sec
40 Maurice Ballerstedt Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.
41 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 1:05
42 Tom Wirtgen Bingoal-WB s.t.
43 Kobe Goossens Lotto Soudal s.t.
44 Brent Van Moer Lotto Soudal s.t.
45 Carlos Barbero Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
46 Jannik Steimle Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
47 Bert Van Lerberghe Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
48 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
49 Boy van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
50 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
51 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel Start-Up Nation 2:25
52 Taco van der Hoorn Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
53 Rudy Barbier Israel Start-Up Nation 2:38
54 Stan Van Tricht SEG Racing Academy s.t.
55 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
56 Marius Mayrhofer Development Team DSM s.t.
57 Frederik Backaert B&B Hotels s.t.
58 Jonas Van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
59 Niki Terpstra Total Direct Energie 2:41
60 Bert De Backer B&B Hotels s.t.
61 Alvaro Hodeg Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
62 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
63 Adrien Petit Total Direct Energie 2:44
64 Damien Gaudin Total Direct Energie s.t.
65 Guillaume Boivin Israel Start-Up Nation 4:40
66 Alexis Gougeard Ag2r-Citroën 4:42
67 Luuc Bugter Beat Cycling s.t.
68 Rait Ärm Groupama-FDJ s.t.
69 Stijn Steels Deceuninck-Quick Step 4:43
70 Colin Heiderscheid Leopard Pro 5:09
71 Wessel Krul SEG Racing Academy s.t.
72 Hugo Page Groupama-FDJ s.t.
73 Rory Townsend Canyon DHB Sungod s.t.
74 Justas Beniusis Lviv Cycling Team s.t.
75 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
76 Dries De Pooter SEG Racing Academy s.t.
77 Tom Bohli Cofidis s.t.
78 Axel Van Der Tuuk Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.
79 Marijn Van Den Berg Groupama-FDJ s.t.
80 Milan Paulus SEG Racing Academy s.t.
81 Andreas Goeman Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
82 Rick Pluimers Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.
83 Mick Van Dijke Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.
84 Marten Kooistra Beat Cycling s.t.
85 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
86 Tim Torn Teutenberg Leopard Pro s.t.
87 Markus Pajur Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
88 Stanislaw Aniolkowski Bingoal-WB s.t.
89 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
90 Julien Duval Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
91 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
92 Pierre Barbier Delko s.t.
93 Andreas Stokbro Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
94 Leon Heinschke Development Team DSM s.t.
95 Nicholas Dlamini Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
96 Alexandar Richardson Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
97 August Jensen Delko s.t.
98 Kristoffer Halvorsen Uno-X s.t.
99 Anthony Jullien Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
100 Anders Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
101 Ludwig De Winter Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
102 Christophe Noppe Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
103 Reinardt Van Rensburg Qhubeka-Assos s.t.
104 Marc Sarreau Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
105 Luca Mozzato B&B Hotels s.t.
106 Julien Trarieux Delko s.t.
107 Yves Coolen Beat Cycling s.t.
108 Evaldas Siskevicius Delko s.t.
109 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux s.t.
110 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
111 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
112 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
113 Jelle Wallays Cofidis s.t.
114 Julien Morice B&B Hotels s.t.
115 Kenny De Ketele Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
116 Nickolas Zukowsky Rally Cycling s.t.
117 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
118 Florian Maître Total Direct Energie s.t.
119 Geoffrey Soupe Total Direct Energie s.t.
120 Jacob Scott Canyon DHB Sungod 5:18
121 Matthew Bostock Canyon DHB Sungod 7:14
122 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 10:15
123 Pier-Andre Cote Rally Cycling s.t.
124 Paul Penhoët Groupama-FDJ 15:12
125 Finn Fisher-Black Jumbo-Visma Development s.t.

2021 Le Samyn photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Lotto-Soudal

Pre-race team presentation ceremony. Here's Lotto-Soudal

Israel Start-Up Nation

Israel Start-Up Nation

B&B Hotels

B&B Hotels

Groupama-FDJ

Groupama-FDJ

Mathieu Van Der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel heads to the start.

Rosskopf, Joey

Joey Rosskopf leads a break.

Soupe, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Soupe enjoys a lovely day riding on the cobbles in the dust.

Quick step rider

A Deceuninck-Quick Step rider picks his line.

Mathieu Van Der Poel

Mathieu Van Der Poel

Qhubeka Assos rider

Wouldn't want to drive my car on this.

Sprint

Here they come...

Tim Merlier

Tim Merlier is the winner.

Mathjieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel finished with a broken carbon handlebar.

2021 Le Samyn map & profile:

2021 Le Samyn map

2021 map. The riders head north from the dot, do a loop and then head back to finish at Dour.

Le Samyn profile

The profile