Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) won his yellow jersey in the Tour of Wallonia with tooth and nail to defend. “That sweater I like and I will not just give up,” said the 27-year-old Limburger Monday after the third stage, in which he, as the eighth finished.
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“Despite the heat, felt the legs well though I prefer a bit chilly – and my team has the game excellently controlled. In the final, I witnessed the attack of the riders of Quick-Step answer. In the sprint I came then too short, but I am satisfied.”
In the position, Wellens still four seconds for Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors). “Of course I like a bit more edge, but in this round it is not easy to take time, and therefore also not to the time back pack. A status quo is in my favor.”
“In the beginning of the season, I was often ill, but now I’m back in top form,” said the Norwegian stage winner Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). “Maybe just a little too late, because it was quite a disappointment that in not get to go to the Tour de France.”