Victor Campenaerts has turned his Tour de France shape into a victory at the Druivenkoers Overijse (UCI 1.1). After he guided teammate Arnaud De Lie to the win in Leuven last Tuesday, it was the Belgian who jumped on the top step of the podium today. After a tough race including almost 30 hills in and around Overijse, the 31-year-old Belgian eventually beat Norwegian rider Tiller in a two-man sprint. With a third place for Jasper De Buyst, Lotto Dstny had two riders on the podium of the Druivenkoers.
Lotto Dstny started the Druivenkoers with a strong squad and it was eventually Campenaerts who delivered his team the flowers, taking his first win of the season. “We started really ambitious and took the race into our hands. But we played it smart and thanks to the team tactics we were never really forced to chase. That way, I could play my cards on the right moment and it was nice to get away with my former teammate Rasmus Tiller. But I know he’s really fast, that’s why I didn’t ride in the final two kilometres because I had our fast guy Jasper De Buyst behind me. I dared to play the game and it turned out great. To be on the podium with my Tour de France roomie and vlog mate Jasper De Buyst is fantastic”, reacted Campenaerts after the race.
Also Jasper De Buyst praised the team work and was happy for Campenaerts. “We created a good situation in the final where I could counter the attacks from behind. It did cost me quite some energy but I was determined to make it easier for Victor at the front. But also Victor could play the game and say that he had a fast teammate behind him. It turned out to be a great Druivenkoers with 1 and 3 for the team”, said De Buyst.