Quinten Hermans, the fourth and penultimate stage in the Tour of Wallonia won. After 161,4 km from Malmedy to Herstal was the cyclocross rider of Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions the fastest in the sprint. Tim Wellens resisted the (many) attacks of Quick Step Floors but had to still his leader’s jersey over to the surprising Hermans.
Quick Step Floors made the Tim Wellens challenge in the finale: the leader had only to compete against James Knox, Jhonatan Narvaez and Pieter Serry. The Dutchman Michel Kreder of Aqua Blue Sports took advantage of that rivalry by five kilometers away to jump. Also the Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking of Wanty-Groupe Gobert made the jump to the front but the peloton charged the two again.
In the sprint dropped Wellens there are understandable by, and so is cyclocross rider Quinten Hermans after his sprintzege and the 10 bonificatiesconden on the finish line of the new leader. The Observer took it for the French Romain Cardis (Direct Energy) and Lorrenzo Manzin (a Vital Concept).
The flight of the day was formed by nine riders. Our compatriots Dries De Bondt (Veranda’s Willems), Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) and Edward Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen) got the company of the Dutch Lars van der haar (Telenet Fidea cycling team), Sjoerd van Ginneken and Etienne van Empel (both Roompot) and the French Simon Sellier (Direct Energy) and Arnaud Courteille (a Vital Concept). Their gap went up to 2:50, but the peloton kept the escapees within shot. Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Baptiste Planckaert (Katusha) produced together with the Luxemburger Tom Wirtgen (AGO-Aqua Service) and the Swiss Lukas Spengler (WB Veranclassic) still jumped to the front, but the peloton remained attentive and took the escapees back 15 km from the arrival.
The Tour of Wallonia ends tomorrow/Wednesday in a relatively flat final stage of the 187,5 km between Huy and Borgworm.
1. Quinten Hermans
2. Romain Cardis
3. Lorrenzo Manzin
1. Quinten Hermans