“Everyone was telling me I was going to win it, so I started believing it would happen,” Sénéchal said later. “I had a great team around me, which worked the entire day and had confidence in me – Tim, Rémi [Cavagna] and Pieter [Serry] were all fantastic – and I didn’t do any reckless moves, unlike other years, when I came close of winning it.
“Despite that attack on the final cobblestone sector, the plan was to wait for the sprint, as I felt very strong, and it turned out great for me and the team.
“Le Samyn is such a beautiful race and I’m extremely happy I came out on top, especially as today is the birthday of my wife, Margot. She told me before the start that she wants me to win and I am glad I could make her such a gift and celebrate my first pro win together with her at the finish. It’s an extraordinary day that I will never forget.”