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Press Releases | 14.04.2021

Ide Schelling takes fourth place at Brabantse Pijl

Following the traditional start in Leuven, the 201 km-long 61st edition of Brabantse Pijl featured no less than 27 climbs before the peloton crossed the finish in Overijse. None of the climbs were particularly difficult, yet the rapid succession of climbs was sure to gradually sap the riders' strength. After the first hour of racing, a leading group of nine, including Jordi Meeus, managed to establish itself ahead of the peloton. With 30 km remaining, Ide Schelling attacked out of the reduced field, and with the help of his Belgian teammate, eventually managed to bridge the gap into the first group. Meanwhile, Trentin put distance between himself and the leading group, only to be joined by van Aert and Pidcock a few kilometres later. Although the group containing Ide tried their all to bring back the leading trio, their efforts were ultimately too late, with the three riders fighting it out for the victory in Overijse. After Pidcock took this year’s title, Ide prevailed in the sprint for the remaining places, finishing the race in 4th position.

 

Result

01 T. Pidcock          4:26:37

02 W. van Aert          +0:00

03 M. Trentin            +0:02

04 I. Schelling           +0:07

05 T. Skujins             +0:07

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a good race for us. On the first laps I tried to save my energy, but when the race became really serious, I knew I had to make a move, or else I would have lost my chance. I attacked on the climb and eventually managed to close the gap to the breakaway. It was not necessarily an easy thing to do, but Jordi did an excellent job here, so many thanks to him. When van Aert and Pidcock attacked, I was right behind them and wanted to follow, but in that moment, I just lacked the power, and had to take up the chase together with the rest of my group. Although we worked fairly well together, it was unfortunately not enough to catch up with the trio. Nevertheless, I was still determined to achieve a good result, so I gave everything to sprint for fourth place, and the fact that I managed to achieve that makes me quite happy." - Ide Schelling

"Overall, the team rode a solid race and we are very happy with Ide's fourth place. Jordi rode very well in the breakaway group, and did a great job in helping Ide to make the jump into the first group. We had a bit of bad luck today with Nils Politt's mechanical on the cobbles, but in the end we can be very happy with the team's performance and especially with Ide's result." - Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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