Van Poppel 3rd in Fourmies, bad luck for Boom in the Antwerp Port Epic - Roompot Charles Cycling Team
Van Poppel 3rd in Fourmies, bad luck for Boom in the Antwerp Port Epic

Excellent result for Boy van Poppel in the French one-day race GP de Fourmies (1.HC). He sprinted to a nice podium place! “I’m glad I can take home the flowers for my wife and daughter,” he said afterwards.

The GP de Fourmies is usually a prey for the sprinters. This year too, the race was settled in a mass sprint. Boy van Poppel was well placed in the last kilometre and eventually sprinted to a very nice third place, behind winner Pascal Ackermann and Jasper Philipsen. It was his first podium place since his second place in stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“I had really good legs,” he said after the race. “But then it still has to work out for you. I also felt good yesterday in the Brussels Cycling Classic but I couldn’t sprint there because of the circumstances. I’m glad I can take home the flowers for my wife and daughter.”

 

On Sunday, the team also participated in the Antwerp Port Epic (1.1), a race with almost 70 km of cobbles and unpaved sections. Lars Boom was very eager and rode at the front of the race for a long time… until he was forced to drop out of the lead group due to a flat tire. Bad luck for Boom, who looked like he was going to be battling for the win. He eventually finished 25th. Sjoerd van Ginneken and Stijn Steels were forced to give up after punctures.

Two Roompot-Charles riders would eventually reach the top ten: Jan-Willem van Schip finished eighth, Jesper Asselman tenth. Watch our full results of the GP de Fourmies on this page. Our results of the Antwerp Port Epic can be found here.

 

 

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