Dutchman Matjee van der Paul (Cordendon Circus) won the 59th edition of La Fleche Brabanson (1.HC) on Wednesday in Overijse.
The world champion in the cyclocross beat French Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Lotto Soudal and Australian Michael Matthews (Sweebow) in the sprint at the end of this 196.2 km race. who left Laven.
The lead group formed in Hertstraat collided 18 kilometers off the finish line, when Alaphylippe accelerated against behind South African Darial Impey (Michelton-Scott), who was then alone ahead. Velens immediately followed Alaphylife, quickly imitated Matthews and van der Paul.
We ended up with a group of five leading men 17 km from the finish line. The quintet quickly expanded the gap, counting thirty seconds before the packet. Impey fell several blocks further after Velence's acceleration and grouped that the four leaders appeared on the embankment in Brussels in Overijse.
Mathieu van der Poel started his sprint 150 meters from the finish line and added a line in his record, winning a race that his father, Adrian van der Poel, won in 1985. because he animate the race by constantly attacking the last 80km.
La Fleche Brabanson marks the transition between the classics of the Flemings and the Ardennes. Now it's really the Ardennes triptych, waiting for cyclists, with the Amstel Gold race on Sunday, Flash Wallon on April 24 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 28th.
Reviving the race