It was an emotional Laurens Sweeck who claimed the Belgian crown. "This one is for my grandfather. I wish he could have seen this. But I am sure he was with me. I felt good from the start and stayed calm," he said.
Sweeck had a bonus of 32 seconds at the finish. He made the most of excellent team work (though professional teams should, in theory, not play a role in a national championship) as his team mates at Pauwels Sauzen Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout were reducing the pace behind him on a course where overtaking a rider is not so easy.
The race took place on the beach of Sint-Anneke, on the left banks of the River Scheldt, in the shadow of the city of Antwerp. The course also included a section across a large floating pontoon, a real novelty.
(photo below: Eli Iserbyt, the new champion Laurens Sweeck and last year's champion Toon Aerts)