Belgian Championships: Preben Van Hecke

Preben Van Hecke became surprisingly Belgian champion. The rider from Topsport Vlaanderen was faster than Jürgen Roelandts after the long tour. Greg Van Avermaet finished third.

In the first of fourteen laps twenty-five riders got away and that was the breakaway of the day. Lotto Soudal was represented by six riders: Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Kenny Dehaes, Jürgen Roelandts, Tosh Van der Sande and Louis Vervaeke. They had a maximal lead of seven and a half minutes. With 85 kilometres to go the front group fell apart due to attacks of Lotto Soudal. Seven riders were left in front, including Dehaes, Roelandts and Van der Sande. During an ascent of the Horenberg Roelandts and Van der Sande took off with Preben Van Hecke. In the penultimate lap Tosh was dropped after a strong race. Roelandts and Van Hecke could stay ahead of a chasing Van Avermaet. Van Hecke beat Roelandts in the sprint.

Preben Van Hecke: "I do not think that this is not undeserved. From the first lap I was on it, I've done my job and I've been driving around with someone much faster than me. I did not steal it. "

Jürgen Roelandts: “This is a huge disappointment, the biggest one of my career. I felt I was the fastest, although I knew Preben isn’t slow. He made a strong impression today. Greg and Preben train together, so I couldn’t let Greg join us, if he would attack I would have been the one to close the gap.”