Gerben Thijssen took his third succes of the season in the Gooikse Pijl this Sunday, in a bunch sprint managed to perfection by Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. The Walloon World Team stayed united during the whole race, patiently waiting to appear at the front in the eighth and last lap in Gooik.
Sprinters Alexander Kristoff and Gerben Thijssen were brought to the front by Boy van Poppel to start the final 1000 meter one after the other, perfectly positioned before the final straight. The former European champion launched his sprint with 250 meter to go, after which his teammate passed him on the left to defeat Jasper Philipsen for the victory with a bike throw.
After two second places in this classic in huis two previous participations (2017 and 2020), Thijssen crowned the series of good results, obtaining the 24th victory of the season for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert. Alexander Kristoff finished seventh.