Hungarian time trial champion Barnabás Peák made the break of the day on a tough day of Belgian racing at Brugge – De Panne.
The second-year pro escaped alongside five other riders before being reeled back in by the charging bunch with 70km to go. Kiwi Jack Bauer briefly clipped off the front, but there was no preventing the day ending in a bunch sprint, with Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick Step) coming out on top.
“It was the plan to get in the break today, we discussed with (Mat) Hayman that we wanted to race active and I’m really happy that I could make into the break. I think it wasn’t easy, it was thanks to some good teamwork that I could be there, and I was just happy to be at the front wearing our jersey.
“We were riding pretty smoothly with the other five guys. Unfortunately, with these kinds of racing, it’s just so tense and the peloton is always riding fast to be in position, so we were brought back a bit earlier than I would have liked, but it was a good experience.”
2021 Brugge – De Panne Results:
1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 4:27:40
2. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) ST
3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – Hansgrohe) ST
24. Alexander Konychev (Team BikeExchange) ST
Photo Courtesy of Brugge – De Panne.