The Frenchman Christophe Laporte pulverized the opposition in the time trial in the Tour of Belgium. On the 10.6 km-long track in and around Bornem, he knew, Andriy Grivko and Brian van Goethem. He was respectively 5 and 7 seconds faster than them. Greipel finished on 23 seconds of Laporte, and his leader’s jersey to give it to the Frenchman.
Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) has Friday the third stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour on bag. The Frenchman won the time trial of 10.6 km in and around Bornem in a time of 12:38.22, good for an average speed of 50.3 km/h. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished seventeenth in 23 seconds of the winner.
Laporte was at the finish five seconds faster than the Oekraïner Andriy Grivko (Astana) and seven seconds faster than the Dutchman, Brian van Goethem (Roompot). With Jens Keukeleire (fourth, 10 seconds), Quinten Hermans (seventh, 15 seconds) and Sean De Bie (eighth in 16 seconds) ended up with three Belgians in the top ten.
Saturday, the riders in the Baloise Belgium Tour a Ardennenrit to wait. In the 151,4 kilometers between point of departure and arrival Wanze are different slopes on the programme, including the Wall of Huy.