Florian Senechal wins GP Vermarc, first race for Deceuninck-Quick-Step after season pause
Jul 06 2020 01:48 am CET

Florian Senechal wins GP Vermarc, first race for Deceuninck-Quick-Step after season pause
Florian Senechal wins GP Vermarc, first race for Deceuninck-Quick-Step after season pause
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

In the first race for Deceuninck-Quick-Step since the stop of the season after Paris-Nice, Florian Senechal took the victory at the GP Vermarc.

The Belgian race took place over a 15.4-long kilometre circuit in Rotselaar and it started with an escape of a 14-man group that included riders like Pieter Serry and Stijn Steels. The peloton worked hard to catch the front men but the times could barely be reduced, and instead a chasing group was formed in the last 30 kilometres that managed to reduce the distance with the escapees.

Senechal, Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) and Oscar Riesebeek (Fenix Alpecin) escaped from this group and could catch the front riders in the last lap. There were several attempts to breakaway, but it was the Frenchman of Deceuninck-Quick-Step the only one that could manage to create a good gap with the rest with seven kilometres to go.

The rider managed to cross the finish line on his own. "This win gives me a lot of satisfaction," Senechal explained. "Even if it's only a kermesse, it still means a lot to us to get the victory after showing our jersey and sponsors in the best way possible. They are all affected by the coronavirus, so it was important for everybody here at the Wolfpack to show them our support with this win.

"The race was really fast. It was the first one in a long time, so you can imagine that everyone was eager. The level was high. It was tough out there, I feel it in my legs, but at the same time, it was nice to get back to racing and see all the riders again and even some fans on the circuit. The shape is good, which makes me happy. During the past couple of months, we have always been in close contact with the team, the nutritionist, coaches, the sports directors, so I trained well and controlled my weight. All this helped me today, as I felt strong and very confident. Now it's time for our Val di Fassa training camp and from there to the first official races of the second part of the season."




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