Selig victorious in Belgium
Rudiger Selig gave Leopard Trek a late season victory with a stunning ride in the Binche-Tournai-Binche in Belgium.
The 22-year-old German, a national champion in the points race on the track, showcased his pure speed in the bunch sprint which saw him overcome eight riders in a dramatic final 100 metres.
Saxo Bank Australian Baden Cooke was second in the sprint ahead of Adrien Petit (Cofidis).
Selig admitted surprise at the victory, but said it is representative of the constant improvements he has made late in the season.
"I’m incredibly happy, obviously, and I’m also surprised," said Selig. "As a stagiaire and a sprinter, I know I’m in a position where anything can happen. I anticipate the worst and hope for the best.
"My result today shows that I have continued to improve late in the season with fourth at the worlds and third in Franco-Belge and now the win today."
Crosswinds proved to be a constant factor in the race, but it was Selig who adapted to the conditions the best and he was able to note the impact it had afterwards.
"It was heavy racing today between the wind and the attacks," Selig said. "I actually got dropped a few times. Luckily, the peloton slowed down between surges, and I was able to make it up to the group again each time.
"It’s unusual for a stagiaire to have a team support them in a race. To have the team work for me, to have a guy like Maxime Monfort who was recently sixth at the Vuelta commit himself to my result, is something special.
"I’m very grateful for the team and this opportunity. I’m happy to reward their work and trust in me with this win."