News 22.08.2016

The team Wanty-Groupe Gobert extends its title in the GP Jef Scherens

Dimitri Claeys won this Sunday the 50th edition of the Grand Prix Jef Scherens. After 185.7 kilometres in the streets of Leuven he crossed the line as first. It is his second victory of the season, the tenth for the team Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

"It's my best performance of the year. After my second place last year I proved once again that this race suits me", Dimitri Claeys said.

The team Wanty-Groupe Gobert lined up this Sunday with Dimitri Claeys, Mark McNally, Kenny Dehaes, Kevin Van Melsen, Jérôme Baugnies, Frederik Backaert, Marco Marcato and Frederik Veuchelen.

With three laps to go Frederik Veuchelen attacked but his move didn't work out. Five kilometres further Claeys and Ligthart made their move as they made a strong attack. The peloton didn’t get any closer to the front duo which was cooperating excellently. The two leaders started the final lap with a bonus of 50 seconds on the peloton.

On the last climb of the day – the Wijnpers Dimitri Claeys accelerated hard and Pim Ligthart could not follow the pace. "We had quickly a nice gap. I still felt good at the bottom of the last climb. I went full gas because I knew Pim Lightart is very fast in the sprint. I made the right choice”, he explained.

With two kilometres to go Pim Lightart got close but the stage winner in the Tour de Wallonie accelerated again and soloed to the victory. "I had absolutely no idea of ​​the time difference because my radio was not working anymore. I hesitated a little bit but I could enjoy the last few meters.”

After the victory of Bjorn Leukemans 2015 the team Wanty-Groupe Gobert extends its title in the GP Jef Scherens. "I was not sure of my form because the Tour of Limousin was very difficult. I recovered well. Next year I’ll ride for Cofidis but I want to conclude in beauty the season with Wanty-Groupe Gobert”, Dimitri Claeys concluded.