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Dwars door het Hageland: Jonas Rickaert victorious in Diest

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Belgian Jonas Rickaert of AlpecinFenix celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Dwars Door Het Hageland one day cycling race 187km from Aarschot to diest Saturday 15 August 2020 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) winning the 2020 Dwars door het Hageland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Belgian Jonas Rickaert of AlpecinFenix celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Dwars Door Het Hageland one day cycling race 187km from Aarschot to Diest on August 15 2020 Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGAAFP via Getty Images

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) winning the 2020 Dwars door het Hageland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Arrival Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration Dust during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) winning the 2020 Dwars door het Hageland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Max Kanter of Germany and Team Sunweb Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Nils Eekhoff (Sunweb) and Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Florian Senechal of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Thijs Aerts of Belgium and Team Telenet Lions Stijn Steels of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Zdenek Stybar of Czech Republic and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Jannik Steimle of Germany and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Iljo Keisse of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Cobblestones Peloton during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Deceuninck-Quickstep lead the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Jannik Steimle of Germany and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Dust Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Jannik Steimle of Germany and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Dust Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) attacks on the gravel section (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Boy Van Poppel of The Netherlands and Team Circus Wanty Gobert Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Boy van Poppel and Tim Merlier (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Diether Sweeck of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Arvid De Kleijn of The Netherlands and Riwal Readynez Cycling Team Andreas Goeman of Belgium and Team Telenet Lions Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Diether Sweeck, a late addition to the Alpecin-Fenix team (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Niklas Markl of Germany and Team Sunweb Ryan Mullen of Ireland and Team Trek Segafredo Laurens Sweeck of Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal Kris Boeckmans of Belgium and Team BB Hotels Vital Concept Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Lars Van Der Haar of The Netherlands and Team Telenet Lions Gerben Kuypers of Belgium and Team Tarteletto Isorex Gravel Strokes Peloton during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Gerben Kuypers (Tarteletto Isorex) and Lars van der Haar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Peloton Dust Gravel Strokes Landscape during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The dust rises above the Dwars door het Hageland 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Gravel Strokes Dust during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Zdenek Stybar of Czech Republic and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Dries De Bondt of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Gravel Strokes Dust during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Toon Aerts of Belgium and Team Telenet Lions Dust Gravel Strokes during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Toon Aerts (Telenet Lions) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Max Kanter of Germany and Team Sunweb Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Bram Welten of The Netherlands and Team Arkea Samsic during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Nils Eekhoff (Sunweb) in the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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DIEST BELGIUM AUGUST 15 Max Kanter of Germany and Team Sunweb Jonas Rickaert of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix during the 17th Dwars door het Hageland 2020 a 187km race from Aarschot to Diest DwarsdhHageland DDHH20 on August 15 2020 in Diest Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Nils Eekhoff (Sunweb) and Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) in the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) claimed his first professional victory at the UCI 1.Pro-ranked Dwars door het Hageland, riding away from Nils Eekhoff (Sunweb) on the cobbled climb to the Citadel in Diest.

The event was the first professional race in Belgium since the coronavirus pandemic stopped all racing in March. Riddled with a dozen dirt and gravel sectors, the dusty 180km race splintered, with Rickaert and Eekhoff riding away from a large breakaway with more than 20km to go.

The pair were evenly matched across the flat gravel sections but Eekhoff struggled early on the final climb as Rickaert leapt away to victory.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 4:20:20
2Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:07
3Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:16
4Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
5Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:19
6Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:23
7Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
8Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:25
9Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:00:26
10Bert De Backer (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
11Taco Van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:29
12Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Total Direct Energie
13Aksel Nõmmela (Est) Bingoal WB 0:00:31
14Yves Coolen (Bel) Beat Cycling Club 0:00:33
15Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:35
16Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
17Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
18Joel Suter (Swi) Bingoal WB
19Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:00:42
20Gilles De Wilde (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:47
21Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:00:52
22Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Beat Cycling Club 0:00:57
23Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:01
24Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:35
25Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:38
26Sander De Pestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
27Ivar Slik (Ned) A Bloc Ct 0:01:48
28Sean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:02:13
29Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:56
30Cedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
31Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:03:00
32Finn Fisher-Black (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
33Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:03:04
34Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Readynez
35Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet Lions
36Jordy Bouts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:03:06
37Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Lions 0:03:08
38Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Lions
39Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:11
40Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb
41Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
42Andreas Goeman (Bel) Telenet Lions
43Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Lions
44Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Lions
45Tomas Kopecký (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
46Anton Ferdinande (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
47Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:03:18
48Romain Le Roux (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:03:21
49Fabio van den Bossche (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:03:31
50Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:03:35
51Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:03:40
52Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-Quickstep
53Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
54Aime De Gendt (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
55Marco Doets (Ned) A Bloc Ct 0:05:02
56Christoffer Lisson (Den) Riwal Readynez 0:06:57
57Witse Meeussen (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
58Thomas Joseph (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex 0:06:59
59Wesley Kreder (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:08:11
DNFThimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFLindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFJarno Bellens (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
DNFAlfdan De Decker (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFToon Vandebosch (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
DNFPim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie
DNFLuke Verburg (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
DNFBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFStijn De Bock (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
DNFMaxime De Poorter (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
DNFDanny Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFDan Gardner (GBr) Tarteletto-Isorex
DNFFlorian Maitre (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFAdriaan Janssen (Ned) A Bloc Ct
DNFAndré Luijk (Ned) A Bloc Ct
DNFAugust Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez
DNFPiotr Havik (Ned) Riwal Readynez
DNFLucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez
DNFArvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez
DNFJonas Van Genechten (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFMartin Pluto (Lat) A Bloc Ct
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFChristophe Noppe (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFBas Van Der Kooij (Ned) Beat Cycling Club
DNFMax Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFMartin Salmon (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFIljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
DNFTim Naberman (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFCharles Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
DNFDiether Sweeck (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAlexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNFNiklas Märkl (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFJonas Goeman (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
DNFStijn Appel (Ned) A Bloc Ct
DNFNiels Vandeputte (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFGerben Kuypers (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
DNFZdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep
DNFCorne Van Kessel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNFStijn Daemen (Ned) A Bloc Ct
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNFMatteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFLuuc Bugter (Ned) Beat Cycling Club
DNFDavid Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFAdam Lewis (GBr) Beat Cycling Club
DNFAlex Mengoulas (Ned) Beat Cycling Club
DNFGuillaume Seye (Bel) Beat Cycling Club
DNFLaurenz Rex (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles Development Team
DNSEmil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez
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