Today CULT Energy Pro Cycling participated in the hilly and 206 kilometer long Belgian one-day race Brabantse Pjil, and the Danish team targeted a good result with Rasmus Guldhammer after Alex Kirsch spent some time in the breakaway.
A morning breakaway including CULT Energy Pro Cycling's Alex Kirsch dominated the first part of the race but the final escapees were already swept up with 40 kilometers to go and the neutralization prompted a series of new attacks from the bunch. The peloton kept dropping riders on the endless climbs but ultimately Ben Hermans (BMC) and David Tanner (IAM Cycling) managed to create a promising gap of 40 seconds with 6 kilometers to go.
On the penultimate climb, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) launched a stinging attack, which forced the other favorites to respond. CULT Energy Pro Cycling Dane Rasmus Guldhammer was well-protected throughout the finale by Linus Gerdemann and he managed to follow the Belgian BMC-rider with a select chase group. Going under the red kite, Hermans maintained the gap dropping Tanner and even though the chasers opened the sprint with 200 meters to go, no one was able to catch him. Guldhammer finished 13th in the select chase group.
DS Michael Skelde comments:
"I think the boys did a good job. Our plan was to participate in the breakaway from the start of the race and to protect Rasmus before the finale and I think everything went according to plan. Rasmus is probably in the best shape ever and really motivated, which I think today's race strongly indicates It's not a win but I'm content about the way we executed the plan and it's only a matter of time before we get that win."
Rasmus Guldhammer didn't feel too well:
"My legs felt quite bad today and it was a really tough race due to the terrain, the weather and the way it unfolded. But I think in time I'll realise that it was a good result during the circumstances even though I didn't pull a top-10. When Gilbert made his move, I couldn't respond directly but I made my way back on the final descent before the uphill finish where I was simply empty. Now I need to recover as fast as possible and to start focusing on Sunday's Amstel Gold Race."
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