The second stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour has been won by Andre Greipel of Lotto-Soudal. He ran on The Walker in Knokke-Heist faster than the rest of the pack. For the 35-year-old German was his second consecutive stage win. Obviously, he his leadership position.
Andre Greipel has with force majeure, the second stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour won. On the Seawall of Knokke-Heist and dashed off faster than the Dutchman Wouter Wippert, Tim Merlier, Timothy Dupont and Bryan Cocquard. For Greipel it was his second consecutive stage win. Of course, he remains leader in the general classification. “But it was on a leegloper”, told the dagwinnaar afterwards. “It is also thanks to the team that is here today, I can win. The boys have the perfect work delivered.”
Marc Sergeant saw his poulain win. Greipel wants a contract for two years, the team has doubts still. “Andre is more than just a pawn for this team,” said Sergeant. “For whom he had already amortized: he comes back from injury and wins already two times in the four days of Dunkirk, and now he wins for the second time. He has already his bargaining position strengthened. But André is not a difficult boy. We’re getting there.”
The history of the stage was quickly written. Five riders opted for the early flights sang it out to the start of the last local round. The winds caused still for a few cracks in the peloton, but the real sprinters were not from the wheels. Marcel Sieberg and Jasper De Buyst in the search for the perfect lead-out, Greipel did the rest. The competition died on his wheel.
Tomorrow is an individual time trial of just over ten kilometers on the program. Or Greipel Friday afternoon in the blue leader’s jersey cruising? Greipel (monkelend): “a truck you can’t get a Ferrari, but a Lamborghini.”