Overijse, Belgium — Team Novo Nordisk’s Chris Williams was part of a six-man breakaway for more than 130 kilometers during the historic Belgian race, De Brabantse Pijl.
“Chris rode a solid race and fought hard to get in the break for Team Novo Nordisk at this major Belgian race,” Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Massimo Podenzana said. “He had a great day on the bike.”
Wednesday’s race was Team Novo Nordisk’s first race in Belgium, a country known for its rich cycling history. The 203.1-kilometer race began in Leuven and attacks started immediately following the start. When five riders escaped, Williams followed and bridged up to the group. The six riders worked well together over a course that featured more than 25 hills and according to the Australian, it was an amazing experience to show the Team Novo Nordisk jersey in front of so many fans.
“Team Novo Nordisk’s plan was to get a rider in the main break and when I saw those guys take off, I knew I had to reach that group. My aim was to stay in the front group for as long as possible,” 32-year-old Williams said. “My plan worked until the laps in Overijse. I was happy I could show the Team Novo Nordisk jersey in our first race in Belgium and I’m looking forward to our next races and keeping the jersey on display in the peloton.”
The original breakaway group built a gap of nearly seven minutes before getting swept up in the final laps. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) won the final sprint ahead of Michael Matthews (Orica Greenedge) and Tony Gallopin.
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