Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour
The ultimate stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour took the riders from Landen to Tongeren on an undulating course. There, three local laps of 13.8 kilometres were scheduled before the Baloise Belgium Tour would come to an end. Lotto Soudal once again delivered a fine lead-out. André Greipel accelerated powerfully, but he timed his sprint a bit too early. That way, Frenchman Coquard could sprint to victory. He beat his compatriot Laporte and the Belgian Jans. Jens Keukeleire’s overall victory was never in any danger. He wins, just like last year, the Baloise Belgium Tour. Teammate Jelle Vanendert finished in second position in the general classification. André Greipel secured the New Lotto points jersey by sprinting to an eight place today. Lotto Soudal can look back on an extremely successful Baloise Belgium Tour.
Jens Keukeleire: “It definitely wasn’t an easy last day. Especially in the beginning of the race, we had to keep an eye on the dangerous guys in the general classification and not let them slip into a breakaway. We also had to stay concentrated and avoid crashes with the heavy rainfall in the end. Luckily, the rain came pouring down only five kilometres from the finish.”
“Last year’s win with the national team was special because I hadn’t expected to be able to win. This year was different, but also special to me. I had to miss a major part of the Spring Classics due to illness. I could not have imagined a better way to start the second part of the season.”
“I definitely didn’t come to this race thinking it would be easy to win. But everything went very smoothly this week. I did a good time trial and during the Ardennes stage yesterday, I joined the early breakaway. Jelle Wallays, who was also part of that front group, was really strong. In the finale, I took the initiative together with Jelle Vanendert.”
Jens Keukeleire: "I could not have imagined a better way to start the second part of the season.”