Pineau claims GP Jef Scherens
Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) won the 45th running of the Grote Prijs Jef Scherens after a sprint finish in Leuven, Belgium.
The Frenchman popped up ahead Belgian duo Kenny Dehaes (Omega Pharma - Lotto) and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Quick-Step) to snatch the win.
It is now 10 years since a Belgian rider has won the race that's named after seven-time professional sprint world champion Jef Scherens.
“It was a very fast race,” explained a radiant Pineau at the finish.
“Today in the race I felt really good and I had a great team available to me. I haven’t won anything since last year’s stage in the Giro d’Italia and I really wanted to be able to raise my arms to the sky.
"These last two weeks I’ve had some rough days with my grandfather passing away but I never lost my focus and I always trained well. Now we’re going to Canada for the two World Tour dates next week end. I’d really like to do well to give myself and my team a nice success and score a place for myself in the next World Championship in Copenhagen.”
Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) also showed fine sprinting form as he won the Giro della Romagna in Italy.
The top four in the race were all Italians with Simone Ponzi (Liquigas) coming second ahead of Colnage-CSF duo Enrico Battaglin and Gianluca Brambilla.
It was Gatto's fourth victory of a fine season which included a stage win at the Giro d'Italia.
Arthur Vichot (FDJ) won the Tour du Dobus which since last year has been part of the French Road Cycling Cup.
Vichot took the victory ahead of Romain Hardy (Bretagne) and Julien Berard (AG2R).