Tim Wellens wrote Wednesday in the Tour of Wallonia in his name. In the last stage he rode to demand Quinten Hermans from the yellow. After dominated on that last disappointment.
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The rider from team Lotto Soudal started the last drive with three seconds behind Hermans. On the way he closed he gap the necessary bonificatieseconden of the trip. The duo finished in the same time but Wellens was with the leader’s jersey to home on the basis of better results in the tours.
“For this round began, I knew that each day might be important. I have so from the first day tried the front end”, explained the Observer. “Today was a tricky day but I could go three bonificatieseconden address. Eventually knocked the math and I could just pick up for Quinten. The difference is minimal, but I like to think that I was one of the best riders in the race. This is a very nice win. In the modern cycling world, every victory is important. Also for our team, this will do well after the difficult Tour of France. We had such a thing necessary.”
Saturday, Wellens in the Clasica San Sebastian. Then wait for the Binck Bank Tour (ex-Eneco Tour, a race he has twice won (in 2014 and 2015), and in which he is last year’s second was.
Hermans: “10 inches”
Quinten Hermans had his yellow leidersshirt so in extremis yet to relinquish. He ended Wednesday in the bunch sprint, won by Jens Debusschere, fourth. A place in the first three had a premium and the victory completed. The rider of the Telenet Fidea cycling team as the Lions took the loss like a real sport.
“Losses in the same time and 10 inches of a premium is a setback”, tweette the rider. “But losing to a great champion like Tim Wellens is not”, he concluded with a positive note.