Minerva Cycling Team had only one goal, winning. After an exciting race Minerva rider Gil D'Heygere managed to be the first across the finish line. During the sprint he was the fastest out of the leading group that got away from the peloton earlier.
The GP Daniel Carpentier was originally organised by Filip Carpentier as a tribute to his father Daniel Carpentier. After the unfortunate death of Filip on 10 April this year, it suddenly became a tribute to him as well. Filip was not only organizer of this GP and boss of the bicycle brand and team Minerva, he was also a popular figure in the cycling world.
During the race, it was hard racing from start to finish. The race covered 134 kilometres, spread over 13 laps. After a while a small group of riders got away from the peloton, this group contained 3 riders of the Minerva Cycling Team. A great piece of teamwork ensured that Gil D'Heygere could take the upper hand in the final sprint.
The flowers were for Filip's widow, who reacted emotionally to the beautiful tribute to her late husband. Johan Museeuw, who works as an advisor for the team, said it was a "special day". He also said, "Filip wanted a lot of wow-factor but we left it out. It was a double memorial in all serenity." There are still doubts about a possible second edition. This will be decided later.
U schrijft"kopgroep". Ze waren maar met 2 om te sprinten hoor!