Sebastien Rosseler of RadioShack received his second win for 2010 at Brabantse Pijl race. He beat Thomas De Gendt of Topsport-Vlaanderen and Jurgen Van de Walle for the top spot at the Belgian semi-classic.
Rosseler began the race thinking that he was not in good form however, he worked hard and was rewarded for his best efforts. “I really didn’t think I was the strongest in the race. At first, my legs felt terrible. I did my fair share of the work in the break, but not too much. I had bad luck during the spring classics, so this helps to make up for it,” said Rosseler.
Following the trio’s lead in the race 42 seconds behind were Omega Pharma-Lotto’s Philippe Gilbert, BBox’s Thomas Voeckler and Paul Martens of Rabobank. Bjorn Leukemans of Vacansoleil finished seventh.
Dirk Demol, director of RadioShack, shares his reaction, “When we saw that the break got 8 minutes and 40 seconds, I started to believe in a happy ending. The chase behind by other teams was never well organized. Séba had some difficulties in the end, but that bad moment passed. I told him to stay in the back the last kilometer.”
Demol added that Rosseler suited the last 200 meters. Their concern was Leukemans since he appeared to be dangerous contender in the final stretch.
However, in the end, it was a momentous victory for Rosseler because it came as an unexpected surprise. “He deserved this. I told Séba to believe in it. This is a big compensation for everything that went wrong for him in the classics so far. When you don’t expect such a victory, it is twice as nice,” said Demol.
Brabantse Pijl is Rosseler’s eight professional victory in his career. The event is also the unofficial closing race for the cobblestone classics.
Via Velo News