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Koolskamp - Dehaes held up by crash, but remains in lead of Belgian Cycling Cup

Koolskamp - Dehaes held up by crash, but remains in lead of Belgian Cycling Cup

Kenny Dehaes remains the leader in the Belgian Cycling Cup after the 8th race Koolskamp Koers (1.1, 15/09). A breakaway of seven riders broke away early and rode in front during 175 kilometers. With 15km to go they were caught by the chasing teams. In the final intermediate sprint Guillaume Van Keirsbulck and Kenny Dehaes did a smart move. They gained 3 and 2 points for the classification of the Belgian Cycling Cup. In the bunch sprint Fernando Gaviria was unstoppable. Kenny was held up by a crash in the final kilometer and finished 47th. With only two races (Eurométropole and Binche-Chimay-Binche) to go Kenny has an advantage of 5 points on Jasper De Buyst. Van Keirsbulck is now 4th.

Kenny Dehaes:

"The whole race actually went relatively quiet. That is strange, because usually at Koolskamp it is at least two hours full gas. A breakaway of seven riders left in the beginning, and the big teams just controlled. In Zottegem and Leuven (GP Jef Scheerens) this was also the case. I had hoped to strengthen my lead in the ranking today, and at 2 kilometers from the line I was ideally placed with McNally and Pasqualon before me. "

"But with 1 kilometer to go it went wrong. Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) crashed next to us and I ended up in the grass. I nearly was stopped and thus a classification was impossible. A sprint is always unpredictable. Fortunately we have no injuries. But a wheel hitted Pasqualon in the face! Now two tough races are waiting in the Belgian Cycling Cup. I have never ridden Eurométropole and Binche is not really my type of race. But I'll defend my lead tooth and nail! "

Results Koolskamp Koers

1. Fernando Gaviria
2. Dylan Groenewegen
3. Jasper De Buyst
22. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
28. Thomas Gibbons
43. Andrea Pasqualon + 00:08
47. Kenny Dehaes + 00:15
69. Wesley Kreder + 00:36
72. Mark McNally 
74. Frederik Veuchelen + 00:51
76. Tom Devriendt + 00:55

Classification Belgian Cycling Cup after 8 races

1. Kenny Dehaes 54p.
2. Jasper De Buyst 49p.
3. Timothy Dupont 40p.
4. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck 39p.