A review of the race in Deux Acren
Grand Prix Criquielion was a race over 170km, including 6 local rounds of each 17,2km.
All early attacks included at least one Team3M rider. First it was Emiel Vermeulen, followed by Gregory Franckaert, and the last escape of the day turned out to be a 2-man break, with Gregory Franckaert and Stef Van Zummeren, but they were soon caught up by the peloton.
After 50 km, 8 riders, Gertjan De Vos included, saw the opportunity, to leave the peloton behind them and escape. The strategy of the team worked out quite well, as the leading group created a gap of 3 minutes between them and the peloton.
Upon entering the local rounds, points were handed out for the riders who are first over the top at the climb. Gertjan took the first three climb points, but at the 4th climb Gertjan had to let go with 5 other riders, and was called back by the peloton, who quickly also closed the gap with the leading group.
20 km before the finish line, 20 riders saw the opportunity to drive off, leaving the peloton behind them. Both Jimmy Janssens and Tim Vanspeybroeck used this opportunity, and got along. But at 10 km before the finish line the peloton closed the gap again.
Only Baugnies tried to drive off, once again, on his own on the last climb, where Jimmy Janssens decided to go along with four other riders, but the peloton could not stay away and joined the lead group. It came down to a bunch sprint and the race was won by Kevin Peeters from Vastgoed Service.
Tim Vanspeybroeck finished 11th. This results ensures that Tim took the leading position in Top Competition.
Everybody in the Team did what he had to do, to make this race a great Team success.