After a tough day in the saddle at Slag om Norg, Jens Reynders went to Stabroek near Antwerp to race at the U23 Belgian Road Race Championships. After a chaotic and demading race, the Leopard Pro Cycling rider finished in an amazing second place.
Only sprinter Gerben Thijssen (Lotto Soudal) able to beat Reynders
At 1 o'clock the start to the U23 Belgian Road Race Championships was given and quickly several attacks took place. Unfortunately for the attackers, the pace in the peloton was really high and with a difficult cobbled section in the fourteen kilometer long circuit, it was not easy to establish a good lead. In fact, it was a front group of twenty-one - with Leopard's Jens Reynders - that managed to get clear, before a group of another fourteen riders decided to start the chase and bridge the gap to the front. Since the size of the group was not to the liking of some riders, a new group of six cranked the gears, with again Reynders not wanting to miss to out.
In the following laps, several moves were made until the race situation was all set with one lap to go. Eleven leaders were still competing for the victory, with the chasing groups not giving them too much space. The cooperation in the lead was good and this meant that they were going to make it until the line. The eleven battled for the win in a sprint, in which sprinter Gerben Thijssen unsurprisingly was able to take the tricolore. With an ultimate jump, Reynders did the Leopard colours proud by crossing the line in second.
Jens Reynders: "I am not happy with the result, altough I was able to be in the front of this chaotic race all day long. I went numerous times in the attack, but almost missed out on the decisive one. In the late final, I went all-out on the cobbled section to bridge the gap to the front. Luckily I managed to close it and because Lotto Soudal U23 had Gerben Thijssen in front, they were willing to ride. I tried to attack in the last lap, but without any luck. As expected, Gerben was too fast in the final sprint. I am sure that I was one of the strongest guys in the race today, but in cycling this doesn't always mean that you will win."