It was a close call in the second stage of the Dunkirk Four Day (2.Pro) between Béthune and Maubeuge today as Gerben Thijssen nearly took his first professional victory at the and of the 181 kilometer stage suited for sprinters.
After his crash in the final 50 meter of the opening stage, the Belgian rider finished second in the bunch sprint in the streets of Maubeuge.
Just like the day before, the Belgian World Team took its responsibility behind the early breakaway and then neutralized the counterattacks in the peloton. Thijssen was guided towards the front by his teammates in the final kilometers and sprinted to second place on the line.
The 23 year old sprinter took his first podium for Intermarché-Wanty-Goert Matériaux and currently sits in third place in the provisional general classification.