Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) eased to victory in the Gooikse Pijl, beating Alberto Dainese (SEG Racing Academy) and Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) in a sprint finish in Gooik.
The German sprinter took his 11th win of 2019 in dominant fashion, finishing more than a bike length ahead of Dainese in the dash to the line.
With the breakaway caught on the final lap of nine, it was never going to end in anything other than a mass sprint finish. Despite some counter-attacks over the hills – including pre-Worlds leg testers from Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), the peloton remained together to the finish, setting up Ackermann's run to victory.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|2||Alberto Dainese (Ita) SEG Racing Academy|
|3||Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert|
|4||Riccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy|
|5||Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Metec-TKH Continental Cyclingteam|
|6||Herman Dahl (Nor) Joker Fuel of Norway|
|7||Jori Stallaert (Bel) Corendon-Circus|
|8||Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|9||Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|10||Roy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus|
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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content on Cyclingnews and takes on live race text coverage throughout the season.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Tro-Bro Léon, Strade Bianche, and the Vuelta a España.
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