Yves Lampaert was 42 seconds slower and won the silver medal, Kristof Vandewalle was third at 1’07”.
Jurgen Van den Broeck: “This feels good. I gave it all, right from the start, that was the best you could do on that course. It was almost all straight ahead and there was not much wind. Those long straight roads might have been mentally hard for some riders. You could never recover. I live close to the course. It wasn’t a big advantage that I knew it very well, but it might have been a small advantage in the few curves. Anyhow, it was very motivating. I set the best times at the intermediate time checks, there were about three riders behind me that could still threaten me, so I wasn’t sure yet but I started dreaming.”
Read on: Lotto Soudal.