cycling news / Fábio Silvestre sprints to 3rd place in opening stage Flèche du Sud

Yesterday evening, the 67th Flèche du Sud had its opening stage with a criterium around Kayl. After 76,8 really fast and hectic kilometers the stage ended up in a mass sprint finish. In this bunch sprint, our Portuguese Fábio Silvestre sprinted to third place.

The first breakaway of the stage already established itself in the first of eight laps as Kobus Hereijgers (Join’S-De Rijke) and Damien Shaw (An Post) went on the attack. Later on they were joined by three other riders who bridged the gap and the quintet managed to get an one minute advantage over the peloton.

As the pace in the peloton was really high, the breakaway group was caught in the penultimate lap. Several teams then tried to bring their sprinters to the front, which caused a lot of nervous behavior in the front of the race. This resulted in a big crash within the final three kilometers. Luckily, Fábio Silvestre was able to stay on his bike and mix in with the fast guys. In the sprint, Coen Vermeltfoort (Join’S-De Rijke) was the fastest before Brenton Jones (Drapac) and Fábio.

DS Tom Flammang: “We had a very good start at the Flèche du Sud last night with Fábio finishing the opening stage in third place. The race was really fast and hectic. The front group got caugt just before the finish and we then focussed on bringing Fábio to the front. There was a big crash in the end, but Fábio was able to escape from it. Today will be a windy stage and we hope to get a similar or even better result than yesterday!”

3. Fábio Silvestre (POR)
17. Jan Brockhoff (GER)
34. Tom Wirtgen (LUX)
35. Aksel Nõmmela (EST)
60. Patrick Olesen (DEN)
62. Pit Schlechter (LUX)