After being brought into position for the sprint, Development Team Sunweb’s Niklas Märkl was involved in a crash in the final 500 metres of the race, taking him out of contention for a result.
A six man move edged clear in the early kilometres of Brussels Cycling Classic today, swiftly opening up a four minute advantage over the peloton. As their lead was brought down under the minute marker fresh attacks from the peloton tried their luck on the penultimate climb of the day, with three riders bridging across to the leaders.
The sprinters teams were keen to bring things back together for a bunch kick to the line and with 10 kilometres to go, the catch was eventually made. Despite more attacks, things remained together and the sprinters were given their chance to shine. Development Team Sunweb brought sprinter Niklas Märkl into position for the final, but a crash in the final 500 metres took him out of contention for a result.
Check ups at the hospital have revealed no broken bones for Niklas.
After the race, Joris said: “Today we rode a really big race for us. The teams were all on a high level, but today we showed our potential. Niklas was there in the end and the guys did a good job helping him with bottles, food and keeping him out of the wind. With about 100 metres to go Niklas was in a really good spot for a nice result but unfortunately they crashed just in front of him. He really showed his potential to be there with such a high level of riders. Niklas crashed quite bad and we don’t know how the situation is at the moment but we hope he is fine and will have a fast recovery.”