After being slowed by injury last year, Breschel is back to his old spring classics form.

Breschel Podiums at Gent-Wevelgem!

March 25, 2012

Rabobank rider Matti Breschel scored an impressive podium finish at Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium. The 27-year-old Dane rode aggressively on his Giant TCR Advanced SL, making the key moves of the day and sprinting to third place at the end of the 234.6km race.

Breschel has regained the form that makes him a top contender in the races he loves most, the cobbled spring classics. After suffering through an injury-plagued 2011 season, he trained hard for 2012. He showed a glimpse of his old form with an 11th place finish at Wednesday's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke, then moved further up the leaderboard on Sunday.

Breschel’s Rabobank teammates helped keep an early breakaway in check. The nine-man group built up a lead of more than 10 minutes on the wind-swept roads heading out to the North Sea, but that gap came down to 2:15 by the time the main field hit the decisive Kemmelberg climb.

Breschel launched an attack on the short, steep cobblestone climb, which helped split the field over the final 30km. He fought to stay with the dwindling front group all the way to the finish, where he sprinted to third behind the day’s winner Tom Boonen.

The 2012 spring classics season continues next week with the April 1 Tour of Flanders.