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Double win for Lotto Soudal: Debusschere wins last stage in Tour of Wallonia, Wellens still the winner

Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) has the fifth and last stage in the wielerronde van Wallonie (2.BC) to his name. The final victory is for his team-mate Tim Wellens.

The 28-year-old Debusschere took the Wednesday after a drive up to 187.5 km between Huy and Borgworm in a bunch sprint for the Colombian Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) and the South African Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data).

Tim Wellens crowned to the winner of the Tour of Wallonia. He relished on the final day, the yellow jersey off of Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions), who on Tuesday seized power in Herstal. Both riders finished in the same time but the 27-year-old Limburger to win with the odds in the rituitslagen. On the roll of honour follows Wellens Dylan Teuns. The BMC rider was this year with his team not at the start.

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The final stage was colored by a breakaway of a group of fifteen. That was about halfway through the race after a fast opening phase several riders unsuccessfully had tried to escape. The escapees gathered up three minutes ahead of the peloton.

On the Mur d’Amay, the last obstacle of the day at about 50 km from the stripe, had four riders, among whom ex-Belgian champion Preben Van Hecke in front solve the problem. The peloton, led by Lotto Soudal and Telenet Fidea cycling team, nibbled at in the meantime the lead of the eleven remaining runners. On 16 km of the line was the unification a fact.

The Frenchman Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors) tried a bunch sprint to escape but he couldn’t until the end uitzingen. In the bunch sprint was Debusschere, a fraction faster than Hodeg and Gibbons. Quinten Hermans became fourth.

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