Belgium - Tim Wellens won the 58th edition of the Brabantse Pijl one-day
classic in Belgium on Wednesday after launching a late solo attack to
beat defending champion Sonny Colbrelli.
A minute's silence was observed before the start of the race in
Leuven in memory of Michael Goolaerts, the 23-year-old Belgian cyclist
who died following a heart attack during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.
Wellens, fifth at last month's Paris-Nice, attacked eight kilometres
from the finish and held off what was left of the chasing peloton before
raising his right index finger towards the sky, in honour of his fallen
It was the fourth victory of the year for Lotto-Soudal's Wellens,
following two stage wins at the Tour of Andalusia and his triumph at the
Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca.
The 26-year-old will try to add to that list at the upcoming Ardennes
classics, starting with Sunday's Amstel Gold Race and then followed by
Fleche Wallonne on April 18 and Liege-Bastogne-Liege four days later.