Not only riders from the world of road cycling were there. Accepting this new challenge, Champions from different disciplines attempted to conquer the gravel world champion jersey.
The result was a peloton of riders with different personalities and different backgrounds who made this first edition unpredictable until the end. The final podium was made by top-level riders: the Belgian Gianni Vermeersch, our ambassador Daniel Oss and the tireless Mathieu Van der Poel got the most out of the sparkling atmosphere typical of the northern Monument races.
However, Daniel wasn’t alone in his run. He spent most of the time with the Belgian Vermeersch, who skillfully overtook him only in the last 10 kilometers through a difficult terrain sector.
Oss regrets having missed the feat, but is proud of his beautiful second place, achieved in the most beautiful way: riding his bike with his famous Just Ride philosophy in mind.
“I ran upfront to not suffer the pace of the other riders. A break of two was unexpected and one of the longest of my career. Maybe with 4 or 5 more riders on the move it would have been more exciting and open. During the last few kilometers I was exhausted and felt in my legs the fatigue of countless attacks. I have no regrets as it was a great experience: I breathed in the beautiful support of my fans. It was an incredible starting point - an event with lots of big smiles and wonderful people”.