Nokere Koerse 2021 news - Ludovic Robeet takes victory for first major win of career so far
Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles' Belgian rider Ludovic Robeet won his home country's Nokere Koerse event on Wednesday afternoon as one of a reduced number of finishers. He beat France's Damien Gaudin, who finished second, with the last podium place going to Italian cyclist Luca Mozzato, with the trio breaking away with only a few kilometres to go.
'This is the biggest win of his career!' - Ludovic Robeet takes solo victory
Robeet won on the cobbles in windy coniditions as the 26-year-old grabbed the second win of his career, taking advantage of a peloton that could never properly challenge an eight-strong breakaway group, with Sep Vanmarcke of Israel Start-Up Nation launcing an attack that ended in vain.
Highlights: Ludovic Robeet takes victory as peloton misjudges chase
There was a late challenge from Ineos Grenadiers' Ethan Hayter, but the deciding moment came with two kilometres remaining, and Robeet attacked his French rival Guadin to get to the finish in first place.
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After the race, Gobeet said: A win is a win. I'm happy. Normally I always work for the sprinters but today I was in the breakaway. I never get the chance to go for the win and today was something different. I'm really happy.
"In the last lap I felt really good, like I should try. We still had a bit of a gap, so I tried and succeeded. I was on Gaudin's wheel and it was relatively easy. I knew that I had to finish this on my own. It was amazing to be at the front and at the two-kilometre mark I knew that I could win.”