The Dutchman broke away with 18km to go

Niki Terpstra broke away with 18km to go to take a solo win at the Le Samyn by 19 seconds.

The Dutch Etixx-Quick Step rider broke from the 18 man group on the final lap of the finishing circuit at the Belgian race. He was chased down admirably by Scott Thwaites but had too much power for the Yorkshireman, who finished in second place. Cofidis’ Florian Senechal sprinted to third place 37 seconds down.

The Flandrian race was blighted with dreadful conditions that left the cobbled sections as treacherous minefields. The race was run on a 202.6km course that finished with four laps of a 25 km loop.

The action was focussed on an 18 man group that broke away early from the rest of the field. Phillipe Gilbert (BMC), the only competing former winner of the race, was put out of contention early on after being forced to retire due to back pain.

35km out, Katusha’s Nils Pollitt made a solo beak and with one lap to go was maintaining a seven second lead over the group. He was soon caught by Senechal and they remained at the front until the attack of Terpstra and Thwaites reeled them in.

Ultimately, Terpstra had too much for Thwaites. He powered ahead of the Bora Argon 18 rider and looked untroubled all the way to the finish line. Thwaites held off a chasing group of three to finish 19 seconds back.

The result tops off a decent week for Thwaites who finished 16th at Omloop Het Niuewblad and 10th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kurne.

Scott Thwaites in the 2016 Le Samyn

Scott Thwaites in the 2016 Le Samyn

Le Samyn 2016 (202.6km)

1. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx – Quick Step, in 4-52-48
2. Scott Thwaites (Gbr) Bora-Argon 18, at 19 secs
3. Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, at 37 secs
4. Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team,
5. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha, both the same
6. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL – Jumbo, at 44 secs
7. Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) Katusha, the same
8. Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise, at 46 secs
9. Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL – Jumbo, at 48 secs
10. Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie, at 1-00

  • Max

    get your geography right guys; the race took place in Wallonie and not in Flanders!!!!

  • Mark Jones

    Really pleased to see Thwaites getting this result and hopefully he will continue throughout the classics season. Very good for a rider who started out at British domestic teams. Only 28 riders finished, so it’s also pleasing to see two other British finishers in Dan McLay and Yanto Barker.

  • dourscot

    Thwaites is the stealth talent of British cycling. Incredibly impressed at his ride in the gruelling 2014 Commonwealth Road Race, which left experienced riders looking like old men.

  • PetitTour

    Thwaites was actually 10th at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and 16th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, not 22nd and 10th as the article says.