Baloise Belgium Tour

Stage 3) Gingelom - Scherpenheuvel-Zichem

BE Belgium Friday 11 June 2021 174.7 km

Remco Evenepoel remains in blue at the Belgium Tour

Remco Evenepoel remains in blue at the Belgium Tour

Deceuninck – Quick-Step will go into the queen stage of the Belgium Tour with Remco Evenepoel and Yves Lampaert on the first two positions of the general classification, after they both came home with the peloton at the end of the 174.4km undulating stage 3 that travelled between Gingelom and Scherpenheuvel-Zichem.

Our team once again assumed pace-setting duties, holding the five-man break at three minutes before deciding to ramp up the speed when the race entered the local circuit, which was due to be covered three times. Iljo Keisse did the bulk of the work at the front, while Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Davide Ballerini tracked down some late moves that came over the top of a short hill and made sure it would all come down to a mass gallop.

Mark Cavendish was well placed ahead of the flamme rouge, but the former World Champion was boxed in at a key moment of the stage and lost the wheel of his lead-out man Michael Mørkøv, who went on to sprint for himself, taking a solid third behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), before being later promoted to second after the German’s relegation. Remco Evenepoel finished in the same time and will carry a 45-second advantage into the most important stage of the race.

“It was a fairly calm day, and I owe it to the team, because they all did an excellent job, keeping me out of the wind and working hard at the head of the bunch. On Saturday we’ll have the queen stage of this edition and it will be a nice feeling to have the blue jersey again on my shoulders, as it gives me quite a lot of motivation. It’s going to be a short and nervous stage with plenty of climbs, many attacks and some high temperatures that could play a part, but I look forward to it”, said Remco after his second consecutive day at the top of the rankings.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
3:56:43
2 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
4 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
5 Timothy Dupont
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:00
6 Olav Kooij
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
7 Bryan Coquard
0:00
8 Thibau Nys
Baloise - Trek Lions
0:00
9 Nils Eekhoff
Team DSM
0:00
10 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
0:00
41 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
42 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
45 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
57 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
115 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:58
135 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:02
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:13:43
2 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Gianni Marchand
Tarteletto - Isorex
0:53
4 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:01
5 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:07
6 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:09
7 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
1:10
8 Oscar Riesebeek
Alpecin-Fenix
1:10
9 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:10
10 Toon Aerts
Baloise - Trek Lions
1:15
42 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:58
45 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:14
46 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:19
77 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:13
128 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:24
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
2 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
30 pt
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
30 pt
4 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
5 Bryan Coquard
24 pt
6 Gianni Marchand
Tarteletto - Isorex
22 pt
7 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
22 pt
8 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
19 pt
9 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
19 pt
10 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
27 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 24:44:27
2 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:27
3 Alpecin-Fenix 0:58
4 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:33
5 Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 3:22
6 Array 4:05
7 Team Arkéa Samsic 4:11
8 Lotto Soudal 4:14
9 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 4:26
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:40

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