Video of the meetingMagnus Sheffield won the 62nd edition of Brabantse Pijl. Ineos Grenadiers, a 19-year-old American, arrived in Overijse solo 205 kilometers away.
Sheffield was attacked by a group of seven riders 3 kilometers from the finish. Frenchman Benoît Cosnefroy finished second in 37 seconds ahead of compatriot Warren Barguil. Tim Timens from Belgium was thrown out for an illegal sprint.
This is Sheffield’s second win this season. The young American, who is doing his first season with Ineos, won the stage at Ruta del Sol earlier in February. In Brabant, he follows his teammate Tom Pidcock from Great Britain. He now finished sixth.
About 50 kilometers from the finish, a ten-member steering group emerged. Ineos was represented by Sheffield, Ben Turner and title defender Pidcock. The British team played the surplus well with Turner and Pidcock, who controlled the Sheffield break in the final stages. In the second place sprint, Wellens left his line and Cosnefroy had to dodge so that the Belgian Remco Evenepoel had to squeeze the brakes to prevent him from falling.
“I felt very strong,” Sheffield said. “It was raining all day, but luckily there wasn’t too much wind and it wasn’t cold. I just got ahead and didn’t hope to keep it. But behind me they looked at each other. I turned on as hard as I could and went full throttle. I can’t believe I won the semi-classic. ”
This is Ineos’ fifth victory in a week. On the Basque Tour, the team won the fourth and fifth stages and the final standings with Daniel Felipe Martínez. Last Sunday, teammate Michal Kwiatkowski won the Amstel Gold Race.
There was a significant moment with the pursuers. Julian Alaphilippe fell hard. The accident was caused by his own team’s Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl team car.
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