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First Belgian victory in the Vuelta: Jelle Wallays surprised the peloton and beats medevluchter in the sprint!

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Jelle Wallays, the 18th stage in the Vuelta won. After 186, as well as flat kilometers of Ejea de los Caballeros to Lleida was our 29-year-old compatriot of Lotto-Soudal after a long flight in the sprint just a bit faster than the Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrøm. The sprintersploegen had this time misrekend and came just a deficit… and After a few hellish days and still have a sturdy lock in the offing kept the klassementsmannen a non: Simon Yates will retain his red leader’s jersey, Thomas De Gendt should tomorrow start in the polka dot jersey.

Three riders tried first to swerve from the pack and that proved immediately to be the good flight. With Jelle Wallays, there was again a countryman, he went on an adventure with the Dutchman Jetse Bol and the Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrom.

The platoon was soon in the quiescent mode and the three were immediately two minutes. The sprintersploegen stood guard there, however, that lead never got bigger: Quick Step Floors had with Elia Viviani, the top favourite for the dagzege in the ranks and took the most kopwerk, also Bora-Hansgrohe for Peter Sagan and Trek-Segafredo for Giacomo Nizzolo crossed a helping hand.

That was also necessary because the three escapees had well-balanced: at 25 kilometers from the finish line, the gap still is 1’50”. It was even exciting up to 10 kilometres when the peloton was still nearly a minute had to make amends.

Even fresh blood in the chase came too late. Wallays and Bystrom went on together to the final kilometer, and our fellow countryman, led to the first Belgian victory in this Vuelta!

Tomorrow/Friday we get one long flat run of more than 100 kilometers to a spirited race. The arrival is located at the adventure park, Naturlandia, in addition to the Coll de la Rabassa. That is a climb of 17 kilometres at an average of 6.6 percent. The steepest parts are in the beginning of the pass, afterwards it is getting flatter, and by the nature of the journey and the final climb will be the differences are probably not huge high rise.


1. Jelle Wallays


1. Simon Yates

2. Alejandro Valverde

3. Enric Mas

4. Miguel Angel Lopez

5. Steven Kruijswijk

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