Second place for Sonny at Brabantse Pijl
Overijse, 12h April – “I’m satisfied for the second place and my team worked very well” was the first comment of today’s 210,9 km long stage from Sonny Colbrelli, the runner up position at the finish of Brabantse Pijl race. But he couldn’t have done it without the help of his teammates that carried out excellent work throughout the whole race.
The 58thedition of Brabantse Pijl race was another one in the «Cycling of Flanders» a 20 hills race and a race with a character is how the locals call it.
After the sad presentation of teams in Overijse and the neutral start and a loop in silent memories of Michael Goalerts (Verandas Williams) the race started in good conditions, partially cloudy sky and dry roads.
BAHRAIN MERIDA riders started the race highly motivated, with Sonny Colbrelli as a first leader and Enrico Gasparotto as the second. All of them were aware of their role and importance of helping the leaders to achieve a good result.
Just a few kilometers after the start a group of 6 riders went in a breakaway and held an approximate gap of 3 minutes along the way. But after 120 km the breakaway was caught and mostly the riders of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team and Lotto Jumbo took control in their hands.
Enrico Gasparotto, Grega Bole and Sonny Colbrelli with continuous support from Borut Božić, Hermann Pernsteiner and Yukiya Arashiro, gave their best for one more big big result of Sonny Colbrelli.
After 100 km Borut Božič had a crash and broke his right collarbone and was driven to the Herestraat Leuven Hospital in the company of TBM Dr. Luca Pollastri.
At 3 laps to finish, each 20 km long, Grega Bole took over the new breakaway group of 10 riders and Sonny Colbrelli was just behind him. Enrico Gasparotto was at the front of the peloton with support and sneaking and trying to make a jump.
Each member of BAHRAIN MERIDA Team was very aware and energetic, but Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) attacked with just over 7.5km to go and made the secure distance of the threats from the peloton and executed a solo victory ahead of last year’s winner Sonny Colbrelli (TBM) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal).
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