On this Whit Monday, Gerben Thijssen added a new succes on Belgian soil for team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty by winning the Ronde van Limburg in an authoritarian sprint. The rider born in Genk won after 203 kilometer of racing between Hasselt and Tongeren, through his native region.
He rewarded the work of his teammates who controlled the race the whole day in the best way, first with Thijs Aerts and Kevin Kuhn behind the breakaway, and then during the three local laps containing the cobbled climbs Manshoven and Op de Kriezel.
The 24 year old sprinter was launched by his sprint train composed of Roel van Sintmaardensdijk, Loïc Vliegen, Baptiste Planckaert and Boy van Poppel and perfectly went through the final corner to pass Tim Merlier and keep Caleb Ewan behind him, the two sprinters who defeated him in the Van Merksteijn Classic two days ago.
It is the third victory of the season for Thijssen, the winner of the Grand Prix Monseré and the Bredene-Koksijde Classic, and the eleventh for the team of Jean-François Bourlart, who recently celebrated the win of Mike Teunissen in the Tour of Norway.