Because of the change of date from September to June for the Brussels Cycling Classic, a long weekend of racing awaits Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in Belgium. Fourteen riders will represent the World Team during this Pentecost weekend in the Heistse Pijl on Saturday, the Brussels Cycling Classic on Sunday and the Ronde van Limburg on Monday.
From the start the Heistse Pijl (1.1) in Vosselaar, the peloton will race in the heart of the Antwerp province following the same parcours as in 2021. Six local laps have to be accomplished, each of them containing the small and cobbled Heistseberg with its top 1 kilometer before the finish line. Although it is the only difficulty on paper, a bunch sprint was avoided last year and Boy van Poppel finished seventh.
The Dutchman, who played a crucial role in the five podium finishes of Gerben Thijssen in May, returns to the race accompanied by Sven Erik Bystrøm, Tom Devriendt, Baptiste Planckaert, Thijssen, Corné van Kessel (4th in 2017) and Kévin Van Melsen.