A sprint was expected in the GP Monseré (1.1, 6/03) this Sunday, a West-Flemish classic between Hooglede and Roeselare with cobble sections in the Lookhuisstraat (1.4km at 1.7%) and Gitsberg (500m). Despite an animated final in which the peloton was split in different groups, it was in a sprint that Belgian rider Gerben Thijssen managed to achieve his first top five of the season.
Before, his teammates perfectly controlled the race behind a breakaway of five riders. When the escapees were caught with 30 kilometer to go, a change of rhythm isolated 30 riders in the front. An attentive Gerben Thijssen could rely on Hungarian rider Barnabás Peák to bring him to the front in the final kilometers. In the end, the 23 year old took fourth place in his first sprint of the season.