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News 09/09/2019

Antwerp Port Epic: First pro win for De Gendt

The Antwerp Port Epic (1.1, 08/09) offered again a route for strong riders. The 197.6 kilometer on the programme around the port of Antwerp contained 37 kilometer of unpaved roads and 31 kilometer of cobble sections. Enough elements to create a big spectacle and an exhausting race. Wanty-Gobert was in an ideal situation, with Cédric Beullens in the early breakaway. The strong riders ended up in the front during the last race hour, with Aimé De Gendt in a group of six, with Belgian champion Merlier and Terpstra. Timothy Dupont managed the join the leaders in the final 10 kilometer. After a succession of attacks, Aimé De Gendt escaped alone with 3 kilometer to go, resulting in his his first pro victory. The party of Wanty-Gobert was completed by the 3rd place of Timothy Dupont.

Aimé De Gendt:
« In the beginning of the race I adopted a wait-and-see approach, because the early breakaway with Cédric Beullens was an ideal situation for our team. I moved towards the front as the race progressed, and finally ended up in the good breakaway. However, the presence of sprinter Merlier meant it was not a guarantee of success. The addition of Timothy Dupont to our group was a key moment in this hard final, because it permitted us to play the team game. All pieces came together like a puzzle: I took my first pro victory and Timothy joined me on the podium! »
« I'm feeling good these last couple of weeks. Last week in the Scherens GP for example, I was caught by the peloton in the final kilometer. Sometimes you need some luck, and today it was on my side! It's become a habit of Wanty-Gobert to perform well at the end of the season, so I hope we can add some more victories to our counter. I'm leaving for Italy now, afterwards I'll be at the start of the Wallonia GP. »

Antwerp Port Epic:

1. Aimé De Gendt
2. Tim Merlier + 0:07
3. Timothy Dupont
45. Frederik Backaert + 7:27
51. Ludwig De Winter
DNF Kevin Van Melsen, Cédric Beullens, Tom Devriendt