Terpstra wins second Le Samyn title

Gilbert makes it a 1-2 for Quick-Step Floors

Le Samyn was Quick-Step Floor's race to lose, and they didn't. Niki Terpstra jumped and cleared the final three-man breakaway, and muscled his way around the day's gruelling, cobbled circuit before finishing with his second victory in Dour.

It was a case of classic tactics as Quick-Step's Philippe Gilbert, also in the final move, as he backed lone rival Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) into the unfortunate position of having to perform a futile chase only to finish third as Gilbert rode around him on the run-in to the finish line for second place.

"I am very happy, but must say we suffered today with every kilometer, because the cold made use spend a lot of energy," Terpstra said. "It wasn't easy to race in these conditions, but fortunately it worked out well for us at the end of the day. We knew the break was strong and the responsibility was on us, so that's why we attacked in the crosswinds from afar.

"We went full gas and turned everything into an elimination race, with more and more guys getting tired and dropped. The team rode a textbook race, Philippe was perfect in the finale and we just made use of our numerical advantage, so that I could get away and take this beautiful win."

The peloton had a chance to stretch its legs during Belgium's 'opening weekend' with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, where Quick-Step Floors came up empty-handed. And so, perhaps out of sheer frustration, they came out swinging mid-week for Le Samyn's 200km race between Quaregon and Dour.

The parcours was unforgiving, featuring four bergs in the first half. It was tough enough for an early split with Gaudin, Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo), Tom Devriendt (Wany Groupe-Gobert), Quentin Jauregui (AG2R-La Mondiale), Johan Le Bon (Vital Concept), Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue), Franklin Six and Alex Kirsch (WB Aqua Sport) clearing the field.

Once the climbs were out of the way, Quick-Step Floors amassed at the front of the peloton with a pace so fast that it forced a split with 10 chasers - six of those were from Quick-Step.

Former winners Gilbert and Terpstra along with Tim Declercq, Davide Martinelli, Florian Sénéchal, and Zdenek Stybar controlled the chase; hell-bent on catching the breakaway, while Boris Vallée (Wanty Group-Gobert), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo) sat tight on the back. They made the catch.

At the half-way mark, the parcours entered the final four circuits, and the now 16-rider lead group held on to a 40-second lead, neither here nor there because Quick-Step planned to further blow the race apart over the four cobbled sectors on each lap.

They shelled riders one by one; first, it was Six followed by Vallée and then Quick-Step's own Declercq, understandably tired after his efforts to drive the move earlier on.

Only the strongest survived, Gilbert and Terpstra led, while Gaudin, Van der Sande and Kirsch followed, building out 46 seconds on the dropped riders and 1:15 ahead of the field with 50km (2 laps) remaining.

Terpstra and Gilbert pushed hard over the cobblestones, often moving over to the dirt gutters for fast, smooth pedalling, and their efforts eventually shed Van der Sande and Kirsch.

Van der Sande and Kirsch tried desperately to regain contact with the trio. Reinforcement arrived as defending champion Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty Groupe -Gobert), who wasn't willing to hand over the race to Quick-Step, along with Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) and Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale), latched on. By that time, however, the gap to the leaders had swelled to an almost unbridgeable 50 seconds.

Trapped in the uncomfortable position of not wanting to help his Quick-Step rivals but wanting to reap some small reward for his huge effort, Gaudin swapped equal pulls with Terpstra and Gilbert on the last lap.

Quick-Step's inevitable attack on Gaudin began inside 15km to go; first, Gilbert went, and then it only took one counter attack from Terpstra to break the Frenchman. Gaudin conceded the first place prize to Terpstra, and then second to Gilbert, but he kept the third place - a small reward for such a big effort. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick - Step Floors4:47:48 
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick - Step Floors0:00:04 
3Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:46 
4Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:18 
5Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:01:21 
7Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic0:01:59 
8Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
10Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:02 
11Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:08 
12Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
13Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step Floors0:02:19 
14Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
15Tanner Putt (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
16Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
17Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
18Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
19Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
20Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
21Charlie Arimont (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
22Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
23Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
24Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
25Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
26Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
27Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
30Floris Gerts (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
31Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
32Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
35Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:02:26 
37Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Bram Welten (Ned) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
39Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
40Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:37 
41Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:40 
42Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:46 
43Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:13 
44Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:03:42 
45Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
46Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:44 
47Stijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan  
48Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:04:42 
49Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:11 
50Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
52Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
53Senne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:08:07 
54Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:08:28 
55Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:08:31 
56Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors0:08:52 
57Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
58Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
59David Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
60Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
61Lennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
62Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
63Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMatthias Legley (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAlexander Maes (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFNiels De Rooze (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFThomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJelle Cant (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFLaurin Winter (Ger) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFMichiel Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFUgo Dangelo (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFRobin Stenuit (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFLander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAbram Stockman (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex  
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFArthur Baude (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAnthony Debuy (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFTom Paquot (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFPierre Goebeert (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFKenny Molly (Bel) Ago - Aqua Service  
DNFDennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFWim Reynaerts (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFLouis Deguide (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFBrecht Ruyters (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFAlexander Geuens (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFJelle Donders (Bel) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFJoshua Teasdale (GBr) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFTom Vermeer (Ned) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFKevin Verwaest (Bel) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFJan Petelin (Lux) Team Differdange Losch  
DNFGaetan Bille (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFVincent De Sy (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFFlorian Deriaux (Fra) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFLaurent Evrard (Bel) Sovac - Natura4Ever  
DNFJimmy Janssens (Bel) Cibel - Cebon  
DNFBrian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFTravis Mccabe (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFKenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFMathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFCasper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFEric Marcotte (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCarlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMichael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSteven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFTomas Petit (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFEdward Walsh (Can) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFRoss Lamb (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFAdam Lewis (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Samsic  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFMark McNally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDaniel Eaton (USA) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFBoris Vallee (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFGuillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling Club  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFLachlan Norris (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFZdenek Štybar (Cze) Quick - Step Floors  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNSConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNSKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  

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