Martin Laas sprints to third place at Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
The 105th edition of the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen was held on a 15 kilometer long circuit around Koolskamp which had to be completed 13 times. The mostly flat course seemed to be perfectly suited for the sprinters. After the first lap, a group of 7 riders could break away from the peloton and keep a time gap of about one minute over the main peloton. Within the last lap, the escapers were finally caught and it came down to a sprint out of a big group with all the favorite sprinters in it. Also the BORA-hansgrohe riders showed themselves at the very front of the race to prepare for the sprint. After a strong leadout by his teammates, Martin Laas was able to sprint to a third place in a fast and hectic sprint.
01 J. Philipsen 4:17:57
02 D. Groenewegen +0:00
03 Martin Laas +0:00
From the Finish Line
„The race went as we planned today, we were expecting a small group to breakaway, which was perfect for me so I could stay in the peloton and save my energy for the sprint. In the last 50k's it was quite stressful and I also punctured two laps before the finish, so that cost me a bit of energy. But the team did a great job and took great care of me. After the leadout, I launched my sprint but I needed to stop pedaling for a second to not risk a crash. Even if that cost me a bit of momentum I am still happy with my third place and about the team's support today. “ – Martin Laas
„Today we fully concentrated on the sprint. With a 3rd place by Martin in the end, our tactics worked out very well today. The team worked really well together all day and did a great leadout. The other two riders were simply stronger today, so the 3rd place is perfectly fine and we can be satisfied with our performance.“ – André Schulze, Sports Director