On Thursday afternoon, Niels Albert (Palmans – Cras) continued his winning ways at the Kermiscross Ardooie – UCI C2 race. The young Belgian, who lives two houses away from Sven Nys, raced just like a young Nys did, attacking early in the race and burying his competitors. Behind, the race quickly became a battle for second, as Albert’s teammate, Dieter Vanthourenhout and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Projob) gave chase. Behind, American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) overcame a relaxed start, and caught the two Belgians late in the race. Going into the last lap, Page attacked prior to the sandpit, and in his chase, Vantornout crashed, going over the bars and taking Vanthourenhout down with him. Vanthourenhout would go on to take the sprint for third.

Behind, reigning U.S. Espoir National Champion Bjorn Selander (Ridley), Danny Summerhill (Felt-VMG U23 Team) and veteran Adam Meyerson (Time Pro Cycling) battled, with Selander and Summerhill finishing in the same lap in 26th and 28th, respectively. Meyerson finished in 34th.