Overview

Baloise Belgium Tour

Stage 3) Grimbergen - Grimbergen

BE Belgium, Friday 14 June 2019
9.2 km

Evenepoel retains Belgium Tour overall lead

Evenepoel retains Belgium Tour overall lead

Twenty-four hours from his first pro victory, which came on the back of an impressive attack from afar and an all-out effort, Remco Evenepoel found himself once again in the spotlight, this time in Gimbergen, host of the traditional Belgium Tour stage against the clock, consisting of flat and technical roads.

Last man to roll down the ramp, the Belgian rode a solid individual time trial, concluding in fourth place – just three seconds behind winner Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) – but comfortably keeping hold of the blue jersey, which he donned on Thursday.

“I made a small mistake in the first corner and I lost a bit of time there, but overall I did a good race and can be content with it. Congrats to Tim, he was the strongest today. I am glad I get to wear this beautiful jersey for at least one more day, as it makes me proud to lead the Belgium Tour”, Evenepoel said after the finish.

The penultimate stage of the race will also be the hardest, comprising several climbs used in the Ardennes Classics, and Remco is looking forward to the challenge, especially as the legendary La Redoute carries some nice memories for the 19-year-old: “It should be a nice battle; the parcours is very demanding and I don’t know what can happen, but I’m eager to find out. I know La Redoute, because as a junior I won the Philippe Gilbert Classic there and I was really sad that Philippe wasn’t there that day, as he was busy racing. It was a nice win, but on Saturday it will be a completely different story with many hills in quick succession.”

Remco Evenepoel wasn’t the only Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to take to the podium, with Fabio Jakobsen donning the red jersey – which rewards the rider topping the points standings – for the second consecutive day.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
10:46
2 Nathan Van Hooydonck
Belgium
0:01
3 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
0:02
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
5 Ryan Mullen
Trek - Segafredo
0:04
6 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:05
7 Matthias Brändle
Israel Cycling Academy
0:06
8 Alex Kirsch
Trek - Segafredo
0:08
9 Lasse Norman Hansen
Corendon - Circus
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10 Niki Terpstra
Team Total Direct Energie
0:11
50 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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62 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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83 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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102 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:51:52
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:57
3 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
1:00
4 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:03
5 Alex Kirsch
Trek - Segafredo
1:06
6 Toon Aerts
Telenet Fidea Lions
1:17
7 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
1:18
8 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
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9 Jelle Wallays
Lotto Soudal
1:19
10 Bryan Coquard
Vital Concept - B
1:28
21 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:43
23 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:48
30 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:08
84 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:35
110 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:10
142 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:43
1 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
2 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
47 pt
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44 pt
4 Lionel Taminiaux
Wallonie-Bruxelles
38 pt
5 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
30 pt
6 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
30 pt
7 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
25 pt
8 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
9 Alex Kirsch
Trek - Segafredo
20 pt
10 Nathan Van Hooydonck
Belgium
18 pt
11 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
19 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
1 Lotto Soudal 26:38:45
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:32
3 Corendon - Circus 0:45
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:07
5 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 1:22
6 Telenet Fidea Lions 1:51
7 Trek - Segafredo 2:32
8 Vital Concept - B 2:35
9 Roompot - Charles 2:36
10 Belgium 2:43

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