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Gooik - D. van Poppel « The feeling to win again is fantastic »

Gooik - D. van Poppel « The feeling to win again is fantastic »

This Sunday, the Gooikse Pijl (1.1, 20/09) was ridden under a bright autumn sun. An early breakaway was formed during the first of nine laps around Gooik. The peloton was very active during the last race hour, catching the escapees quite early. Tom Devriendt and Pieter Vanspeybrouck joined some breakaway attempts, but finally it was a large group with Boy Van Poppelwhich started the final 22 kilometer lap in the lead. For a long time, it looked like this group would battle for the win. But finally, the peloton sprinted for the victory. Danny Van Poppel took his first victory of the season by beating Gerben Thijssen and Arvid De Kleijn.

Danny Van Poppel:
« Today I took the risk to hide as long as possible in the peloton, but my teammates raced attentively in the front in the final. Tim Merlier started the sprint, but I felt that I could go faster. This slightly uphill finish with some wind really suits me. Winning is already some time ago for me, this feeling is fantastic. I won thanks to the team today. I really feel good with Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans and I really appreciate their faith in me. Also during difficult periods, when I start to doubt about myself, the team stays behind me. I've never experienced this before during my whole career. I'm very satisfied and the season is not finished yet! »

Gooikse Pijl:
1.Danny van Poppel
2.Gerben Thijssen
3.Arvid De Klein
15.Alfdan De Decker
16.Pieter Vanspeybrouck
52.Boy Van Poppel +0:07
67.Wesley Kreder +0:18
81.Jasper De Plus +1:56
90.Tom Devriendt +2:53