Senechal wins Le Samyn

Another win for Deceuninck-Quickstep

Florian Sénéchal continued Deceuninck-QuickStep’s streak of success in the early Belgian races, winning the Le Samyn race with a well-executed sprint finish after a tactical and aggressive race.

It was the Frenchman’s first professional victory and the 14th victory of the 2019 season for Deceuninck-QuickStep.

Sénéchal was part of the decisive 10-rider attack that formed on the last lap and then won the sprint after teammate Tim Declercq was pulled back in sight of the line.

Lars Boom (Roompot-Charles) stated the sprint early but Sénéchal was able to match his speed and come past him before the finish line.

Aimé De Gendt (Wanty-Groupe-Gobert) finished second, with Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) third after trying to split the group in the final kilometres.

Zdenek Stybar won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and then Bob Jungels won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Deceuninck-QuickStep opted to rest its bigger name riders during the week, giving Sénéchal the chance to take his first victory after six years as a professional rider.

"In previous years I did too much too early but this time I really waited for the finale. My teammates worked all day and I owe them a lot. We really worked well. In the end, I had a good sprint, I felt strong, even if Lars Boom was also strong. But he went too early, and I came back," Sénéchal explained happily.

"Terpstra was really strong. I knew he's a shrewd rider and was waiting for the finale - Boom as well. I attacked on the final sector and the three of us went clear - the three strongest. Then it came back and Tim did an amazing job.

"You're never sure of yourself in a sprint, especially when it goes from so far out, but in the end, it was decided à la pédale and I'm super happy to win it."

The 198.4km race is held in the French-speaking of southern Belgium and includes a series of climbs on a loop north toward Flanders and then four laps of a 25km circuit that includes climbs, exposed roads and four sections of cobbles.

The weather was overcast and grey, with early rain adding to the difficulties.

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dernies (Roubaix Lille Métropole) and Gianni Marchand (Cibel-Cebon) found the courage to form the early break with Deceuninck-QuickStep accepting responsibility to lead the chase in the hills and onto the four circuits.

Crashes on the cobbles caused some problems and splits in the peloton but they pulled back the early move. However, the riders were aggressive and another trio went away with 70km to go. Terpstra and his Direct Energie teammates were determined to leave their mark on the race and went on the attack in the crosswinds despite 60km to race. That reduced the front group to just 20 or so riders, with only another 20 getting back on.

Aimé De Gendt (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep) were the next to attack, with other riders jumping across on the pave as the riders covered the 25km circuits and tasted the cobbles, concrete roads, exposed roads and narrow lanes that make Belgian races so special.

With a lap remaining, Elmar Reinders and Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles), Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R La Mondiale), Rémy Mertz (Lotto-Soudal) and Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-Quick Step) joined De Gendt and Serry in what looked like the decisive move.

The Israel Cycling Academy team first tried to close the gap and then Terpstra and his teammates took charge of their destiny. After a high-speed surge, the Dutchman jumped across to the break on the Roquette section of cobbles. Only Boom and Sénéchal could stay with him, making for ten riders up front: Vandenbergh, Declercq, Serry, Sénéchal, Boom, Asselman, Reinders, Terpstra, Mertz and De Gendt.

With three riders from Roompot and three from Deceuninck-Quick Step, they were forced to drag the group along as the others tried different attacks. It was pure Belgian racing, with Terpstra tying to attack on the cobbles with Sénéchal quick to chase after him.

Sénéchal, Boom, and Terpstra exited the final sector of cobbles with a decent lead but De Gendt jumped across and then so did Declercq. Boom tried another surge on the climb back into Dour for the finish but was marked carefully. Declercq was given more space, as the others looked at each other and managed to open a gap. His move forced Deceuninck-Quick Step's rivals to chase and helped Sénéchal, who was confident of his sprint.

Declercq looked set to stay away as the flame rouge arrived but other riders came up from behind to help with the chase and he was suddenly within reaching distance.

Boom opened up the sprint as they passed Declercq and Terpstra made sure he was tucked on his wheel. However, the Dutchmen went too early and had too little in their legs. Sénéchal managed to match them and beat them before the line, taking an emotional first win of his professional career.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep4:38:20 
2Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Direct Energie  
4Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
5Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:01 
6Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:06 
8Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:00:08 
9Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles0:00:14 
10Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:19 
11Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles0:00:54 
12Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
13Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:01:02 
14Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:10 
15Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
16Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
17Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
18Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:17 
19Tom Dernies (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
20Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
21Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie0:01:23 
22Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
23Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
24Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
25Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
26Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
28Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
29Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
30Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31James Fouche (NZl) Team Wiggins Lecol  
32Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Charles  
33Jan Maas (Ned) Leopard Pro Cycling  
34Senne Leysen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
35Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
36Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
37Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
38Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
39Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40Alan Banaszek (Pol) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
41Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
42Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Pro Cycling0:01:31 
43Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:01:36 
44Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:51 
45Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:02 
46Timothy Stevens (Bel) Cibel0:02:21 
47Jack Burke (Can) Leopard Pro Cycling0:02:38 
48Mario Spengler (Swi) Leopard Pro Cycling  
49Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles0:03:39 
50Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
51Jeroen Pattyn (Bel) Team Differdange Geba  
52Gianni Marchand (Bel) Cibel  
53David Boucher (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
54Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
55Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
56Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
57Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
58Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
59Gaëtan Pons (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling  
60Lukas Spengler (Swi) Wallonie Bruxelles  
61Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles  
62Xavier Cañellas Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
63Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
64Joab Schneiter (Swi) IAM Excelsior  
65Michiel Dieleman (Bel) Cibel  
66Michaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
67Samuel Leroux (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
68Dennis Coenen (Bel) Cibel  
69Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
70Pierre Barbier (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
71Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol  
72Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
73Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Bram Welten (Ned) Arkéa Samsic  
76Colin Heiderscheid (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling  
77Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy  
78Jordi Van Dingenen (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
79Julien Van Den Brande (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex0:04:43 
80Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:05:11 
81Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:07 
82Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:06:51 
83Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
84Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
85Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
86Peter Williams (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling0:08:31 
87Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:31 
88Clément Russo (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
89Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:11:11 
90Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir0:11:51 
91Quentin Guex (Swi) IAM Excelsior  
92Dylan Page (Swi) IAM Excelsior  
93Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Excelsior  
DNFKenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-Circus  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFMaximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFMaxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFMarco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFLeonardo Fedrigo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRobert Thomas Wagner (Ger) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFAlan Riou (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
DNFDavid Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFMatteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFMauricio Moreira (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFJulian Varley (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFJacob Relaes (Bel) Cibel  
DNFLennert Teugels (Bel) Cibel  
DNFThomas Deruette (Bel) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFLouis Deguide (Bel) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFTiago Da Silva (Lux) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFIvan Centrone (Lux) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFPit Leyder (Lux) Leopard Pro Cycling  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFIsaac Mundy (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFJacob Hennessy (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFJacob Scott (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFAlex Colman (Bel) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFGeorge Wood (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFJames Shaw (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFFloris Gerts (Ned) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFYlber Sefa (Alb) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex  
DNFBen Healy (Irl) Team Wiggins Lecol  
DNFMark Christian (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol  
DNFOliver Robinson (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol  
DNFRobert Scott (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol  
DNFJacques Sauvagnargues (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol  
DNFGiacomo Ballabio (Ita) IAM Excelsior  
DNFMartin Schäppi (Swi) IAM Excelsior  
DNFBen Hardy (GBr) Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling  
DNFJimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFMaarten van Trijp (Ned) Corendon-Circus  
DNFMatthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFAugust Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Roompot-Charles  
DNFEdward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFEmiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFAaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFJordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFCedric Raymackers (Bel) Cibel  
DNFSamuele Zoccarato (Ita) IAM Excelsior  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFMaxence Moncassin (Fra) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFStijn De Bock (Bel) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFRobert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFAlex Paton (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes  
DNFFederico Nicolas Vivas (Arg) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
DNFKaspars Sergis (Lat) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFLionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNFViesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFJan-André Freuler (Swi) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFMarco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
DNSDimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNSWesley Mol (Ned) Team Differdange Geba  
DNSGuillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNSBenjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  

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