Guillaume Van Keirsbulck conquered the 47th edition of Le Samyn, event of the Belgian calendar, on Wednesday March 1st. The 26-year-old rider of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, team entirely equipped by Northwave with Extreme RR shoes and Extreme Light Pro socks, preceded after a tight head-to-head Luxembourger Alex Kirsch, whilst Iljo Keisse rouded out the podium in a day plagued by bad weather.
In the Flemish one-day race, Van Keirsbulck claimed his first seasonal win, breaking a personal 3-year drought. A great confidence boost for the Belgian rider in view of the upcoming cobblestones’ classics, E3 Harelbeke, Gand-Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.
“For the first time, this year I can race for myself – Van Keirsbulck said – and it was nice to come out on top today. Last year we had the same weather and I got too cold on the last lap, but today I took enough clothes to be sure”. In addition, another Northwave and Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider, Frederik Backaert, finished fifth on the finish line.