Sheffield wins Brabantse Pijl

13 Apr 2022

Sheffield wins Brabantse Pijl

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De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne, 205.1km

The INEOS Grenadiers continued their winning momentum as Magnus Sheffield finished off a superb team performance to win Brabantse Pijl.

The young American timed his attack perfectly with 3.6 kilometres to go, forging clear of a lead group which featured two of his teammates.

A selfless display saw Ben Turner and defending champion Tom Pidcock work hard on a soaking wet day. The Yorkshire duo eventually came home fourth and fifth as the group arrived into Overijse, 37 seconds behind a victorious Sheffield.

The 19 year old became the youngest rider to win the race for 60 years, and had showed his strength on a string of climbs on the finishing circuit. With Turner and Pidcock able to shut down the moves behind, Sheffield was able to make good his escape, sealing the biggest success of his fledgling career.

Not only was it back to back wins for the team in the race following Pidcock's breakthrough win last season, it also marked a third major victory in a row for the Grenadiers, following success at Itzulia Basque Country and Amstel Gold last week.
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- Magnus Sheffield

"I felt really good. I had two other teammates in the breakaway but today it was really bad weather with the rain. Luckily it wasn’t too windy or cold. I just felt unbelievable when I found myself off the front with those last kilometres. I really didn’t expect to be able to hold on, and I really wanted to try to lead out my teammate Ben for the sprint. But I was off the front and I was able to hold on to the finish. It was really gritty out there and you just had to fight the whole way.
 
"I just followed a move with (Tim) Wellens. He swung off and I found myself alone. I knew I wanted to press it to try and force the other guys to chase, and let my other teammates sit on. But everyone was just kind of looking at each other because it was the final kilometres. I just went full gas, put it in the biggest gear and just tried to grind my way to the finish. 
 
"This feels truly just unbelievable. I was able to get a win at Ruta del Sol earlier this season, but to be able to win a one-day, especially in one of these semi classics, is unbelievable. This season has been incredible."