Lotto Soudal: Wellens triumphs in China pubblicato il 22/10/2017

Tim Wellens triumphs in China

Tim Wellens won the fourth stage of the Tour of Guangxi, which took place between Nanning and Nongla. It was considered as the first real opportunity for the GC riders to gain time on their rivals. There was a third category climb in the first part of the race, but today’s main feature was the last first category climb, at the top of which the finish was situated.

Campenaerts, Hofstede, Kotchekov and Molina established the breakaway after ten kilometres of racing. The four escapees’ advantage culminated to 7’30’’, but the peloton rode faster and faster as the final climb was approaching. Despite a brave solo attack from future Lotto Soudal rider Victor Campenaerts, the breakaway was reeled in with six kilometres to go. Tim Wellens, Bauke Mollema and Nicolas Roche went clear on the final climb, but the Belgian proved to be the strongest of the three and claimed his sixth victory of the season. Wellens also takes the leader’s jersey and is now four seconds ahead of Mollema in the general classification. 

Tim Wellens: « I didn’t feel super good at the start of the stage but the team gave me confidence. My teammates helped me all day and kept me out of the wind. As we approached the finale I felt better and better and I had great legs on the final climb. Roche was the first to make his move, and I came back a bit later with Mollema. Then it was my turn to attack and I managed to go clear. Of course, it gives a very good feeling, everyone wanted to win today and it was not easy. It’s a special experience to race here. I have to say that the organization is super good, with nice hotels and beautiful roads. It is also good to show our team in such fashion in China. Our co-sponsor Soudal is also active here!. »

 “I had previously said that this stage would be the most important for the overall classification, and today I happened to have a great day. Therefore, I hope that the last two days will be good for me as well. I am now in a very good position to defend the leader’s jersey, but I know it will not be easy, but I can count on a very strong team. I had said that I wanted to perform well here but there are a lot of factors that needed to go right in China, such as jetlag or the food, but it’s all been good so far. »


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