Victor Campenaerts aims for time trial medal in Yorkshire
The battle for the world title against the clock for the men elite will take place this Wednesday.
Victor Campenaerts won the fourth stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour today! After 25 kilometres he already attacked on the first climb of the day, the Chambralles. It was part of the bigger plan of Lotto Soudal. He was accompanied by five riders. A bit later, Lemoine and Turgis crashed out of that group.
With Campenaerts up front, Deceuninck Quick Step was under some pressure. They were forced to set the pace in the peloton. At a high pace, the bunch was falling apart on the first of two ascents of the Roche aux Faucons. During the second time Roche aux Faucons at sixteen kilometres from the finish, Tim Wellens immediately attacked en created a small gap.
But an impressive Remco Evenepoel managed to close the gap on his own and continued to dictate the pace. Only two riders were able to follow him: Campenaerts and Kron. The trio sprinted for the win in which Victor Campenaerts was the strongest!
Victor Campenaerts: “We came to the Baloise Belgium Tour with the intention to win. Before today’s stage, it didn’t look good, so we had to take risks if we still wanted to win. We have given our all right from the start. I went on the attack after 25 kilometres, but maybe a bit too inconsiderate. That’s why the breakaway group only consisted of six and later four riders. A bigger group had probably been an advantage for us.
“Still we managed to keep a good pace and created a three-minute gap. We tried to survive till the end, but on Roche aux Faucons, the peloton was getting pretty close. It was at that moment that Tim attacked. But Remco Evenepoel was too strong and managed to close the gap on his own. Luckily, I could keep up with him to the top, together with Kron. From that moment on, it went downhill all the way to the finish line so I could fully concentrate on keeping his wheel.”
“I succeeded and I didn’t crash like two days ago! Evenepoel was riding hard for the general classification and I knew I could win this sprint and I had more energy left in the tank than in the stage to Zottegem.”
“I’m very happy with my first professional win which is not a time trial. We didn’t want to make it a hard race because we wanted to win the stage, but to win the general classification of the Baloise Belgium Tour. But I have to admit that winning two stages in a row as a team, is a great consolation prize!”
Bjorg Lambrecht keeps his white jersey!
An incredible Wout Poels won the queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné today. In the last kilometre, on the climb to Pipay, Poels attacked from the group of favourites. Fuglsang from team Astana, who finished second, takes over the yellow jersey from the Brit Adam Yates.
Bjorg Lambrecht managed to keep up with the group of favourites the whole stage. When that group fell apart on the last climb, the Belgian youngster held on and finished in tenth place. He keeps his white jersey; with one last stage to go, he is more than eleven minutes ahead of his first pursuer.
The opening time trial in the Tour de Suisse was won by world time trial champion Rohan Dennis. Tiesj Benoot finished 32nd at 25 seconds, Maxime Monfort finished 33rd and Stan Dewulf finished 38th.