Baloise Belgium Tour

Stage 5) Turnhout - Beringen

BE Belgium Sunday 13 June 2021 187.7 km

Remco Evenepoel wins the Belgium Tour

Remco Evenepoel wins the Belgium Tour

Remco Evenepoel continued to write history, as he became the youngest rider to take multiple GC wins at the Belgium Tour, the second-oldest stage race in the world. The Belgian youngster laid down the foundation of his victory on the very first day of the race, when a long-range attack in the Flemish Ardennes blew the peloton to pieces, and cemented it twenty-four hours later, courtesy of a flawless ride in the race’s short individual time trial.

From then on, the 21-year-old defended his position atop the leaderboard. He did so backed up by a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step squad, which worked tirelessly at the front of the peloton in the remaining three days and made sure nothing would spoil Evenepoel’s sixth GC success since turning pro.

The final day of the race was one for the sprinters, and having in its ranks one of the fastest men of this season in Cavendish. Our team took the matter into its own hands, and not only protected Remco on the undulating roads to Beringen, but also made sure Cavendish was at the front when it came to crunch time. A huge pull by Yves Lampaert with one and a half kilometers to go brought the Deceuninck – Quick-Step into position, before Davide Ballerini took over the reins, paving the way for another superb lead-out of Michael Mørkøv.

The Dane did what he does best and left the Manxman in an ideal position and Cavendish measured his sprint perfectly, coming along the barriers in an incredible rush towards the line, and defeated by a wheel Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) for his 151st career victory.

“It’s a big relief. After a long injury and a long way back it’s very special to win again, to know that you’re back where you were before. It’s a confirmation of the fact that we worked hard to return to this level and of the support I got from the team, which is something I am very grateful for. Winning the Belgium Tour again and especially that ITT is also a mental boost ahead of the National Championships and shows it was a good decision to do this race, as it showed the progress I have made”, said Remco, before sharing his thoughts on Mark Cavendish’s great day.

Today we saw again the team’s Wolfpack mentality, this incredible spirit that has carried us and continue to carry us to so many amazing victories.

“We fought hard and we worked hard, and at the end of the day Cav showed why he is the best sprinter in history. He is an amazing athlete and a real champion, and you could see that not just today, when he took the win, but also on the previous stages, when he worked for me.”

A delighted Mark Cavendish was equally happy and echoed Remco’s thoughts after the stage that brought him his 49th victory in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey: “Quite a hectic finale today, which was normal, as every team wanted to be there and fight for positioning and for the win, but I had a superb team around me, with the boys doing everything to keep me at the front. We knew what we had to do and we did it, and I couldn’t have asked for more. When you have these guys in front of you – Styby, Remco, Iljo, Lampy, Davide, Michael – it’s…  What more could I say? It’s my first time in the Belgium Tour and to win here, against so many sprinters who will be at the Tour de France in two weeks, makes this victory even more beautiful. I’m incredibly happy!”

Last but not least, Yves Lampaert sealed an impressive 1-2 for Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the general classification, a result that bodes well for the Belgian ahead of the National Championships, which will be held in his home town of Ingelmunster: “Today was fast and a but messy in the closing part, but I did my best and made sure the team was where it had to be going under the flamme rouge. I feel good after this race, had a solid week and now I look forward to the Nationals. It will be special to race for a good result in Ingelmunster.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:50:31
2 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
5 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
6 Bryan Coquard
0:00
7 Sasha Weemaes
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:00
8 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
0:00
9 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:00
10 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
14 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
20 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
38 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
51 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
104 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
130 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:41:59
2 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
3 Gianni Marchand
Tarteletto - Isorex
0:56
4 Finn Fisher-Black
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:04
5 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
1:08
6 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:08
7 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:12
8 Oscar Riesebeek
Alpecin-Fenix
1:13
9 Toon Aerts
Baloise - Trek Lions
1:13
10 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
1:18
36 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:57
57 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:52
90 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:59
91 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:04
124 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:37
1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
71 pt
2 Bryan Coquard
64 pt
3 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
4 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
34 pt
5 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
32 pt
6 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
30 pt
7 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
8 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29 pt
9 Ide Schelling
BORA - hansgrohe
28 pt
10 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
25 pt
11 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
18 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 47:09:47
2 Alpecin-Fenix 0:35
3 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 1:19
4 Lotto Soudal 3:51
5 Array 4:02
6 Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 4:15
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:17
8 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 4:23
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 4:53
10 Team Total Direct Energie 5:40

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