Tour de Wallonie

Stage 1) Soignies – Tournai (Templeuve)

BE Belgium, Sunday 16 August 2020
187 km

Bennett pipped on the line in Wallonie opener

Bennett pipped on the line in Wallonie opener

Sam Bennett came very close to adding a fourth win to his 2020 tally, on a wet day in Belgium, which took the peloton from Soignies to Tournai, over 187 mainly flat kilometers, featuring just a few rolling sections and cobblestone stretches, that failed to leave an impact on the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who came at the start with many of the riders that took part just twenty-four hours earlier in Dwars door het Hageland, did a superb job in controlling the five-man breakaway, whose advantage hit a maximum of three minutes, and made sure of overhauling them before entering on the final local lap.

Piloted by Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv, Sam Bennett moved through the pack to the center of the road and opened his sprint with 100 meters to go, only to finish second to Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) by a hair’s breadth: “The guys were fantastic the whole day and did a great job. I am really sorry I couldn’t finish it off for them, but the legs were a bit tired and I found myself in the wind when it came to launching my sprint. In the end, the difference was of mere centimeters and I think it’s a promising result for the coming week.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:17:20
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
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4 Arvid de Kleijn
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
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5 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
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6 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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8 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
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9 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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65 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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69 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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81 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:24
138 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:17:10
2 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:02
3 Jens Reynders
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:03
4 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
5 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:06
6 Arvid de Kleijn
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
0:10
7 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
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8 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
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66 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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70 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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82 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:34
140 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
25 pt
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
3 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
15 pt
4 Arvid de Kleijn
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
10 pt
5 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
8 pt
6 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
6 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
4 pt
8 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
3 pt
9 Silvan Dillier
AG2R La Mondiale
2 pt
10 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
1 pt
1 Jens Reynders
Hagens Berman Axeon
4:17:13
2 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:07
3 Manuel Peñalver Aniorte
Burgos-BH
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4 Andre Carvalho
Hagens Berman Axeon
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5 Ryan Kamp
Pauwels sauzen - Bingoal
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6 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
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7 Kevin Vermaerke
Hagens Berman Axeon
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8 Alexis Renard
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Cole Davis
Hagens Berman Axeon
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10 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team INEOS
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1 Tom Paquot
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
12 pt
2 Julien Van Den Brande
Tarteletto - Isorex
8 pt
3 Julien Duval
AG2R La Mondiale
4 pt
1 AG2R La Mondiale 12:52:00
2 Riwal Readynez Cycling Team ,,
3 Israel Start-Up Nation ,,
4 Alpecin-Fenix ,,
5 Hagens Berman Axeon ,,
6 CCC Team ,,
7 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise ,,
8 NTT Pro Cycling ,,
9 Lotto Soudal ,,
10 Circus - Wanty Gobert ,,

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