Jérôme Baugnies won this Wednesday his second consecutive Druivenkoers in the streets of Overijse.The success of the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team was complete when Marco Marcato mounted the third step of the podium. Dimitri Claeys finished as 4th.
« This victory is a confirmation of my level. I am proud to extend my title at the Druivenkoers, »Jérôme Baugnies said.
Divided into three laps of 31.3 kilometres and eight local laps of 12.9 kilometres, it was a hot and hard day for the riders of Wanty-Groupe Gobert. With 40 km to go fifteen riders joined four attackers to make a 19 riders leading group including three from Wanty-Groupe Gobert : Dimitri Claeys, Marco Marcato and Jérôme Baugnies.
The group was not working well together and exploded many times. Jérôme Baugnies attacked just before the penultimate climb of the Schavei (with 16 km to go) and arrived solo at the finish. « Attacking was the best defence. I knew it was from far away but I immediately had a nice gap. I gave everything to the limit to stay ahead. With two kilometres to go I tried to recuperate in the descent. I could enjoy the last kilometre but it was not an easy victory. »
It is the eleventh victory of the season for Wanty-Groupe Gobert. « The team is doing well the last few weeks. We really rode as a team. It is a positive signal for the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France, » sports director Hilaire Van der Schueren commented.
It is the second podium in a row or Marco Marcato in the Druivenkoers. « Last year I was disappointed with my result. Today I am happy because I got cramps at 30 km from the finish. I paid the efforts of the GP Zottegem « , the Italian analysed.
On Sunday the team Wanty-Groupe Gobert takes part in the Schaals Sels and in the Bretagne Classic- Ouest France.