Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert showed attractive racing at home in the 80th edition of the Eurometropole Tour (1.Pro, 29/09) between La Louvière and Tournai. First, Andrea Pasqualon joined a breakaway of seven riders, but a puncture at the entry of the Mont-Saint-Laurent brutally put an end to his adventure in the lead of the race.
The battle started once the riders arrived on the local circuit in Tournai. A group of 29 riders managed to distance the peloton on the second passage of the Col de la Croix Jubaru (1.5km at 5%). The riders of Hilaire Van der Schueren and Steven De Neef were vigilant and put Aimé De Gendt and Danny Van Poppel in the front. The peloton behind continued to put pressure and made the junction with the front group in the final kilometers.
So the victory was decided in a sprint and Danny Van Poppel took 4th place on the line thanks to fantastic work of Aimé De Gendt and Baptiste Planckaert. This top 5 behind winner Fabio Jakobsen confirms once more the great shape of the Dutch sprinter who finished nine times in the top 5 since the Tour de France.