Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux started its long weekend of Belgian classics with the Heistse Pijl (1.1) in the province of Antwerp this Saturday. The race of 192 kilometer contained six local laps with each time the Heistseberg, a small cobbled climb in the final two kilometer before the finish line.
The World Team took its responsibility and was each time well positioned in the approach towards this unique difficulty on the parcours. After catching the last survivors of the early breakaway, a complete peloton started the final 10 kilometer. The nervosity caused several crashes in which Corné Van Kessel was involved and which also spoiled the chances of Gerben Thijssen.
Despite this bad luck, Baptiste Planckaert was led out by Boy van Poppel towards the last passage on the Heistseberg. The Belgian was one of the first riders on the top and could sprint for the victory. He finished sixth, obtaining his fourth top ten since the beginning of May.