This Wednesday 20th of September, Gerben Thijssen added a nineteenth success to Intermarché-Circus-Wanty’s victory list of 2023, winning Omloop van het Houtland in the sprint.
He concluded a well-managed race of the team, first by staying attentive for the attempts in the crosswinds in the beginning of the classic around Ichtegem.
At the entry of the nine local laps in Lichtervelde, young riders Dylan Vandenstorme and Obie Vidts controlled the gap to the breakaway, which was brought back by new accelerations in the crosswinds.
A group of around twenty riders with Thijssen, Arne Marit and Baptiste Planckaert distanced the rest of the peloton with more than 30 kilometer to go.
The last named rider sacrificed himself to neutralise the attacks and assure a group sprint for his two fast teammates, who united forces in the final kilometer.
Perfectly launched, Thijssen defeated Dylan Groenewegen with a bike throw and obtained his fourth victory of the season, all on Belgian soil.
His lead out of the day Arne Marit crossed the line in fourth place. He achieved his third top ten in ten days after the Grand Prix de Fourmies (9th) and the Grand Prix d’Isbergues (6th).