Baloise Belgium Tour

Stage 5) Tongeren - Beringen

BE Belgium, Sunday 16 June 2019
158.5 km

Remco Evenepoel wins the Belgium Tour

Remco Evenepoel wins the Belgium Tour

One of the oldest stage races in the world, which came to life one year before the Giro d’Italia was born, has now landed in Remco Evenepoel’s palmares, after the talented teenager – a double Junior World Champion – etched his name in the history books following a mighty performance which he pulled off in a truly spectacular fashion.

“Being the youngest winner of the race is a great achievement, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m thrilled and at the same time extremely grateful to the entire team, who continued to protect me today and make sure I seal this beautiful victory”, said Remco moments after the finish.

What the Belgian prodigy has done over the past week hasn’t been anything short of impressive, from his stage 2 superb and spirited ride, when he zipped clear of the peloton – making winning races look simple – to the composed display on the tough penultimate day, when he remained cool as a cucumber, despite being put under pressure, and all but sealed the overall victory.

Even a crash, that occurred inside the final kilometre of stage 5, which Fabio Jakobsen couldn’t contest due to an overnight stomach bug, could not stop the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider from triumphing in front of his home fans at the age of 19 years and 142 days and less than six months since turning pro. Sunday’s overall result was the latest in an astonishing series that has started in January and included the Vuelta a San Juan best young rider jersey and a fourth place in the GC at the Tour of Turkey.

Having scored the squad’s 37th win of the year, Remco paid tribute to his extraordinary teammates for their unwavering support throughout the week: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned this race is that alone you can’t do too much and in order to reach your goals, you always need a great team. I had one by my side and I consider myself lucky. We raced as one and this is, without any doubt, one of the best things of the entire week.”

Victorious also in the points classification, Remco – who became the fifth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to have won the Belgium Tour – talked of his future appointments: “This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions, but I remained calm at all times and overcame every hurdle, including today’s crash. Fortunately, there were no consequences and the bad luck ended up helping me, as I could cross the finish line alone and get that big round of applause from the fans, something I will forever cherish. Now I’m going home, enjoy two days of rest with my family and some pizza, and then I’ll continue my build-up for the two races at the Nationals, the ITT and the road event, where I want to help the team keep the jersey.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Bryan Coquard
3:17:15
2 Pierre Barbier
Natura4Ever - Roubaix Lille Métropole
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3 Emīls Liepiņš
Wallonie-Bruxelles
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4 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
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5 Toon Aerts
Telenet Fidea Lions
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6 Jonas Rickaert
Corendon - Circus
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7 Gijs Van Hoecke
Belgium
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8 Corné van Kessel
Telenet Fidea Lions
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9 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Kevin van Melsen
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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93 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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110 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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111 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:39
112 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:00
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:49:17
2 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
0:52
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
2:02
4 Toon Aerts
Telenet Fidea Lions
2:28
5 Andreas Kron
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
2:29
6 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
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7 Bryan Coquard
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8 Loïc Vliegen
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
2:38
9 Aimé De Gendt
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
2:39
10 Pieter Weening
Roompot - Charles
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44 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:35
63 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:53
81 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:13
83 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:39
104 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:55
123 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:28
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
66 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
Belgium
47 pt
3 Tim Merlier
Corendon - Circus
47 pt
4 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
5 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
46 pt
6 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Cycling Academy
44 pt
7 Bryan Coquard
41 pt
8 Lionel Taminiaux
Wallonie-Bruxelles
38 pt
9 Jan-Willem van Schip
Roompot - Charles
30 pt
10 Toon Aerts
Telenet Fidea Lions
30 pt
11 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
27 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt

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