Desselgem Koerse: Vermote Wins After Aggressive OPQS Tactics
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team continues to represent well at a home race of sorts, Desselgem Koerse. OPQS has won the last few previous editions, and on Tuesday Julien Vermote also won the 2013 race.
OPQS was involved in all the actions, which helped Vermote get into position for the victory. There was a breakaway of 12 riders with Bert Grabsch, Vermote, and Andy Fenn. At 6 laps to go (about 50km remaining), there was further separation in the pack. Only seven riders remained ahead. Then, on the last lap, Vermote saw his chance and he attacked. His move led to just four remaining in front. Finally, at 500m to go, even Andy Fenn came back to try and contest the finish with other riders. However, the sprint was already launched by the leaders and they stayed away from the chasers. Vermote’s aggression, and his power in the final, resulted in his victory.
“It’s always nice to win,” Vermote said. “I am not one of the fastest in the peloton but after a hard race like today I can always do something good. I always wanted to win this race. I showed I was in good shape at the Brussels Classics with the long breakaway, and I was also super motivated because the race is really my home race. I live not even 10km from the finish line. So, it was kind of special for me. Also, this victory is nice for our sponsors because the start and the finish is not far from many of them. It is a pleasure to win in front of our sponsors that put a big effort and energy into our team.”
Vermote looks next to the Tour of Britain on Sunday.
“I really would like to make the best out of my condition,” Vermote said. “I want to help the team win races and why not, if there is a chance, to take my chances at Tour of Britain as well.