Peron Makes the Break at Brabantse Pijl
11 April 2018
Race: Brabantse Pijl
Start/Finish: Leuven/Overijse, Belgium
Distance: 201.9 kilometers
Overijse, Belgium — Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron starred in the main breakaway on Wednesday at the 58th edition of Brabantse Pijl. The 201.9-kilometer Belgian Classic kicked off on the Grote Markt in Leuven and featured 27 climbs before finishing in Overijse.
After the first 10km of racing, seven riders, including Peron, escaped to form the day’s break and earned a maximum gap of 7:50 before splintering on the laps around Overijse.
By the final lap, two riders remained out front, but were caught inside the final 10km, and counterattacks ensued. In the end, Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) soloed to the win, with Charles Planet finishing best for Team Novo Nordisk, 9:18 behind Wellens and the leaders.
“The race started fairly slowly but once we reached the laps around Overijse, the World Tour teams pushed the pace and it caused the peloton to fracture. By the final laps, my legs were feeling pretty done after all the climbs.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at its fourth consecutive Tour of Croatia, when the six-day race kicks off on Tuesday, April 17 in Osijek.
1st: Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal): 4:42:48
2nd: Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team): 0:09 behind Wellens
3rd: Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal): “
89th: Charles Planet: 9:18 behind Wellens
(Photos: ©Getty Images/TDWSport/Mario Stiehl/René Vigneron)