Paul Wright took second place in Oplinter-Tienen, photo GVJ

Paul Wright has finished second at Oplinter-Tienen.  Wright broke away with Stefan Cohnen, who got the better of him in the sprint to the line; while Ben Hamilton placed sixth in the chasing sprint.

A field of almost 90 riders took on the 120km that comprised Oplinter-Tienen.  New Zealanders Paul Wright, Ben Hamilton and James Krzanich were all in the line up for the race that took in 10 laps of a 12km course.

While compatriot Libby Arbuckle ended up on the podium after a group sprint finish, Oplinter-Tienen was a vastly different story.  Stefan Cohnen of Team Starbikewear and Paul Wright of Whakatipu Cycling Club broke clear to build a lead of 45 seconds by the time the race reached the finish.

Behind them a group of thirty riders comprised the peloton, but they were unable to peg back the Dutchman and the Kiwi who held on to contest the win.  In the peloton was Ben Hamilton racing for Team Zappi.  Hamilton has had a busy campaign of UCI racing, taking in competition from Greece to Belgium, France, Britain and the Netherlands.

In the sprint for the line it was Cohnen who managed to get the better of Wright, with the Kiwi slotting home second and the first U23 across the line.  Niels Merckx of WSC Hand in Hand Baal took third place, leading home the peloton ahead of Jari Snyers of Nano Development Team, Jonas Philips – a teammate of Merckx – and Ben Hamilton.


1Stefan CohnenTeam Starbikewear2.48.17
2Paul WrightWhakatipu Cycling ClubST
3Niels MerckxWSC Hand in Hand Baal+0.45
4Jari SnyersNano Development TeamST
5Jonas PhilipsWSC Hand in Hand BaalST
6Ben HamiltonTeam ZappiST
7Davy CommeyneWielerteam Decock-Van Eyck-Devos-CapoenST
8Maxim AndrieuMysenlan-Baboco-Douterloigne-CTST
9Dries VastmansAcrog-Pauwels Sauzen-Balen BCST
10Jonas CornelisVP Consulting-Zannata CyclingST

39James Krzanich

Photo: GVJ


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