Heistse Pijl

BE Belgium, 22 Jun
1 stages, 196.4 km

Alvaro Hodeg triumphs at Heistse Pijl

Alvaro Hodeg triumphs at Heistse Pijl

Alvaro Hodeg blasted to his third victory of the season – following the stage wins picked up at the Tour Colombia and Tour of Norway – at the end of Saturday’s 196.4km-long Heistse Pijl, netting our team’s first win since 2014 at the Belgian event, which was run between Turnhout and Heist op den Berg.

The fairly flat course of the 49th edition, containing just a few hiccups on the local circuit which the peloton covered several times, was animated by a six-men breakaway who took off from the gun and carved out a seven-minute advantage that Deceuninck – Quick-Step controlled and trimmed to under three minutes by the time they entered the first lap.

A high pace in the bunch and several frictions split the peloton inside the final 30 kilometers of the race, when twenty men – including a strong delegation of the Wolfpack – made the selection, infiltrating in the main group sitting some 40 seconds behind the survivors of the breakaway. For a moment, it looked like the move would stick, but a regrouping took place 15 kilometers from the finish and the bunch set off in pursuit of the riders up the road, who got caught only under the flamme rouge arch.

Brought into position by Davide Martinelli, Hodeg waited for the others to hit first and measured his sprint perfectly, kicking out with 150 meters to go and bursting clear of the rest of the favourites for a comfortable win over Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Rory Townsend (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes).

“The team was fantastic and took responsibility right from the start. We knew we had to do this, so we pulled hard behind that dangerous breakaway and even upped the tempo on the local laps, splitting the field. I was there with two of our guys, who made sure of protecting me, and played my cards right even after it all came back together. In the end, all I needed to do was open my sprint and take this nice victory, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of these amazing guys”, said Alvaro, the youngest rider this century to triumph at Heistse Pijl.

 

Photo credit: ©Peter De Voecht/ PhotoNews

Race details

1 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:19:45
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Rory Townsend
Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes
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4 Dries De Bondt
Corendon - Circus
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5 Guillaume Seye
BEAT Cycling Club
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6 Jimmy Janssens
Corendon - Circus
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7 Nacer Bouhanni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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8 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
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9 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
10 Kévin Reza
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14 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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47 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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63 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:32
104 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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