Milan Menten gave Lotto-Dstny a decisive victory in Dour at Le Samyn 2023, this Tuesday (28). Beating Hugo Hofstetter (Arkea-Samsic) in second place and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in third, with a crash involving Kasper Asgreen and Bondt’s Dries in the final kilometer fractured an already reduced pack, Milan earned their place.
The 26-year-old Belgian’s victory came after a day of back-to-back aggressive attacks and breakaways, where Menten’s teammate Victor Campenaerts was among the most active and aggressive of the pack.
“It’s like a dream, I don’t believe it. It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Menten said. “We had the plan to make it a hard race and that really suits me. It was ideal with Victor and Jarne at the front and I could relax at the back. They were with seven at the front, it was absolutely perfect. It was about waiting and waiting and with 500m I thought that this is the moment. At the finish line, I thought I won and I just didn’t believe it”, Menten joked at the finish line.