Neilands wins Dwars door het Hageland

First big win for Latvian champion

Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy) scored the biggest win of his career, taking out a daring solo victory in the Dwars door het Hageland. The Latvian champion escaped on a section of gravel with Veranda's Willems-Crelan rider Sean De Bie, but when the Belgian punctured, Neilands was forced to go it alone.

Neilands also punctured with 20km to go, but still managed to hold onto a 33-second advantage at the line - plenty of time to put on an extended victory salute - to take the win.

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) distanced Gianni Vermeersch (Beobank-Corendon) to claim second place.

"What a day, what can I say - it was a great day for the team, and we rode really strong today. I felt really good. It's one of the best days of my career," Neilands said.

The Latvian was part of a large breakaway that went early in the race, and still with 50km to go, he went on the attack.

"The first part was really hard for me, and I didn't know how it would be later," Neilands said. "But I felt better and better. We were there around 15 to 20 guys in the last two hours, and then Sean De Bie attacked, and I saw that the guys were not interested to work in the breakaway - so I saw him attack and said I would follow."

While De Bie's puncture on a gravel sector spelled the end of his time out front, Neilands managed to get a quick wheel change when he flatted and lost only a fraction of his minute's lead.

Viviani, who like Neilands raced the Giro d'Italia, said he was really targeting the race and was impressed that Neilands managed to stay away.

"The two guys in front were really strong," Viviani said. The guy who won today was really impressive, because he punctured with 20km to go and he still arrived with 35 seconds. Behind we were all at the limit and there wasn't a real collaboration. Chapeau to him because he did a real number today."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy4:34:47 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:33 
3Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
4Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
5Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
6Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:43 
7Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:53 
8Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:00 
9Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:01 
10Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:19 
11Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
12Julius van Den Berg (Ned) SEG Racing Academy0:01:28 
13Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:51 
14Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2:02:05 
15Tim Merlier (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:02:05 
16Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:13 
17Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:15 
18Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:23 
19Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:02:26 
20Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:03:48 
21Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
22Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:03:52 
23Alex Mengoulas (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
24Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
25Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
26Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:58 
27Michael Boros (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
28Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:04:05 
29Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
30Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:04:15 
31Andrew Leigh (GBr) Tarteletto-Isorex  
32Jan Willem van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
33Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:04:17 
34Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
35Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:04:21 
36Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:23 
37Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:04:25 
38Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
39Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:27 
40Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel-Cebon0:04:31 
41Dylan Bouwmans (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
42Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:05:10 
43Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:05:19 
44Piotr Havik (Ned) Beat Cycling Club0:08:44 
45Jasper de Laat (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
46Jordi Meeus (Bel) SEG Racing Academy  
47Ruben Scheire (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:08:46 
48Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA0:09:11 
49Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
50Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
51August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
52Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Beat Cycling Club  
53Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
54Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
55Arjen Livyns (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFSeppe Rombouts (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
DNFJos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFFloris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFLudovic Robeet (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFYannick Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFRobbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFElmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFBrian van Goethem (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFBen Turner (GBr) Corendon-Circus  
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFStan Godrie (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFPiet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMaxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFSergio Rodriguez Reche (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFMark McNally (GBr) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFTom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFLukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFMarcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon-Circus  
DNFDavid van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
DNFMathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFWietse Bosmans (Bel) ERA  
DNFJarno Gmelich Meijling (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFBrecht Ruyters (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFRobby Cobbaert (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFGiorgios Stavrakakis (Gre) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFCees Bol (Ned) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFPeter Lenderink (Ned) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFMarten Kooistra (Ned) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFMinne Verboom (Ned) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFDavid Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFArne De Groote (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFJelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFAitor Gonzalez Prieto (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFJasper Hamelink (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
DNFDanny Maas (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFTijmen Eising (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
DNFRobbie van Bakel (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
DNFJim Lindenburg (Ned) Metec-TKH p/b Mantel  
DNFEli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFKevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFThomas Joseph (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFAngelo De Clercq (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFTijl Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFMichael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal  
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
DNFKevin De Jonghe (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCasper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFAritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFAnder Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFJulen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFEnrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFGotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFMihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFJohannes De Paepe (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
DNFDennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel-Cebon  
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFLuca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFSimone Bevilacqua (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFDaan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFNahom Desale (Eri) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFDaniel Abraham Gebru (Ned) Beat Cycling Club  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  

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