Sep Vanmarcke will start the mid-week Belgian semi-classic De Brabantse Pijl (the Brabant Arrow) before the Ardennes classics. With Paris-Roubaix postponed this will be the last chance for cobble specialists with 27 climbs across 202kms ending in Overijse. Without Allaphilippe or Van der Poel, Van Aert is the heavy favorite. Michael Matthews, Greg Van Avermaet and Sonny Colbrelli are capable contenders. I'm going for Vanmarcke who is having a successful early season; 3rd in Omloop, 4th in Le Samyn, and 5th in Flanders. This would be the race for the talented Belgian who rarely wins.
"I said I'll never get tired of winning and it's a very nice feeling again today. We tried to start from the front today. There was a bit of a hump with small cobblestones. The wind was coming from the right. It was a question of staying patient."