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2015 Tour de Wallonie (HC), Belgium

36th edition: July 25 - July 29, 2015

Tour de Wallonie podium history | 2014 edition | 2016 edition

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5

2015 Tour de Wallonie map

2015 Tour de Wallonie map


Wednesday, July 29: 5th and final stage, Chimay - Thuin, 167.3 km

Niki Terpstra

Final overall winner Niki Terpstra

The Race: Here's the report from Etixx-Quick Step,

Etixx - Quick-Step maintained their defense of the yellow jersey for the 5th and final stage of Tour de Wallonie on Wednesday, which sealed the overall victory for Niki Terpstra after he initially took the race lead with a Stage 1 victory out of a two-rider breakaway.

The whole team worked on the front for the Dutch Road Champion in the 167.3km fifth stage from Chimay to Thuin. They kept him near the front, bringing back a breakaway with 2.7km to go, and controlled the race with a high tempo going into the final ascent of Mur de Thuin so that any gaps would not be enough to threaten the race lead.

Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) went over the top of an attacking Michael Morkov (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the uphill to the finish, and went on to win solo with a 3" gap over the field. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) was 2nd, and Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished 3rd. Pieter Serry of Etixx - Quick-Step finished 4th, and Terpstra 6th.

The overall victory of Terpstra was far from easy, particularly with a challenging final parcours. The 5th Stage was a flat start, but with plenty of up-and-down in the final kilometers. There was a three-lap, 12km circuit, and it heavily featured Mur de Thuin. Mur de Thuin was climbed four times, including a final time going into an uphill finale.

Terpstra's overall victory is the 39th on the road for Etixx - Quick-Step in 2015, and his 6th victory of the season.

"I'm very happy about this victory because from the day I first put on the yellow jersey until today it wasn't easy," Terpstra said. "There was a final circuit with a cobbled climb in the middle. This made for some hard racing. But I could count on my teammates today, as I could the entire race. They gave me a big hand, really controlling the entire day. My victory is also a result of their job. Of course, my victory the first day was key. I finished with a gap and was able to defend it for four more stages. I am happy and proud about this victory, as it's only the third stage race that I won in my career, after Tour of Qatar this year, and also last season. I'm proud of this, because I won in a completely different parcours compared to Qatar. Qatar is completely flat and windy. Here we had to struggle on the Ardennes climbs. Really it was a different kind of race. So I am really happy I made it at a parcours that, on paper, doesn't typically suit a rider like me. This victory gives me the motivation to continue to perform well in 2015, and be ready at the next race, which for me will be the Eneco Tour."

Complete results:

167.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.18 km/hr

1 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek 4hr 9min 48sec
2 Philippe GILBERT BMC @ 3sec
3 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
4 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
5 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
6 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
7 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha s.t.
8 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
9 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
10 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
11 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert 7
12 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
13 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
14 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 9
15 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling s.t.
16 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
17 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
18 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r 12
19 Julien BERARD Ag2r s.t.
20 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles 15
21 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha 17
22 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement 19
23 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
24 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling 21
25 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar 23
26 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
27 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
28 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen 31
29 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
30 Axel DOMONT Ag2r 36
31 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
32 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC 39
33 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
34 Jerome COUSIN Europcar 44
35 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek 58
36 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
37 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
38 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis @ 1min 2sec
39 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 Tony HUREL Europcar +1:06
41 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +1:16
42 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
43 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r +1:19
44 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
45 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling +1:21
46 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step +1:23
47 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
48 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ +1:30
49 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen +1:35
50 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles +1:37
51 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles +1:38
52 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
53 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
54 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +1:42
55 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +1:53
56 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
57 Anthony ROUX FDJ s.t.
58 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
59 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
60 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +2:07
61 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
62 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2:29
63 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
64 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +2:30
65 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +2:39
66 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step +2:45
67 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo +2:58
68 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
69 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal +3:21
70 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +7:02
71 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement +7:50
72 Rick ZABEL BMC +8:40
73 Peter VELITS BMC +11:06
74 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
75 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis s.t.
76 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
77 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling s.t.

Final GC after Stage 5:

913 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.67 km/hr

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 23hr 0min 52sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen @ 22sec
3 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha 36
4 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek 53
5 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 58
6 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal 59
7 Philippe GILBERT BMC @ 1min 2sec
8 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
9 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r +1:10
10 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo +1:12
11 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles +1:13
12 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step +1:14
13 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen +1:22
14 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
15 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
16 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha +1:45
17 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement +1:49
18 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling +1:53
19 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo +2:04
20 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal +2:15
21 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen +2:16
22 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC +2:20
23 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen +2:42
24 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement +2:43
25 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi +2:54
26 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen +3:37
27 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
28 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo +3:51
29 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step +3:57
30 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles +5:27
31 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement +5:35
32 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement +5:45
33 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis +5:47
34 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling +5:49
35 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +6:20
36 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen +6:26
37 Anthony ROUX FDJ +6:29
38 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert +6:43
39 Tony HUREL Europcar +7:14
40 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles +9:08
41 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo +9:08
42 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling +10:06
43 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis +10:13
44 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +10:16
45 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar +10:39
46 Axel DOMONT Ag2r +10:44
47 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling +10:48
48 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ +10:49
49 Jerome COUSIN Europcar +11:11
50 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha +11:47
51 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert +12:49
52 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling +13:05
53 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step +13:23
54 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +14:30
55 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +14:33
56 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek +15:36
57 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement +16:08
58 Rick ZABEL BMC +17:19
59 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha +17:30
60 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal +18:20
61 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ +19:41
62 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +20:08
63 Peter VELITS BMC +20:17
64 Julien BERARD Ag2r +22:14
65 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal +22:22
66 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +24:40
67 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis +24:53
68 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r +25:03
69 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis +26:19
70 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step +27:28
71 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +28:29
72 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +28:39
73 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar +30:22
74 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +32:18
75 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +34:02
76 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +38:49
77 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +43:21

Tuesday, July 28: Stage 4, Waterloo - Quaregnon, 164.6 km

Jonas Van Ganechten

Jonas Vangenechten get the flowers and time with the pretty girls for winning stage 4

The Race: The Tour de Wallonie's penultimate stage ended in a big bunch sprint and IAM Cycling's Jonas Vangenechten was the fastest man of the day.

Earlier, an escape of four riders was brought back, mostly through the efforts of race leader Nicki Terpstra's Etixx-Quick Step team.

Terpstra finished 27th today, safely in the front group, to remain the GC leader.

Complete results:

164.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.34 km/hr

1 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling 4hr 11min 1sec
2 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
3 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
4 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
5 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
6 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
8 Edward THEUNS Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
9 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
10 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
11 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha s.t.
12 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
13 Anthony ROUX FDJ s.t.
14 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
15 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis s.t.
16 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
17 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
18 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
19 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
20 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
21 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
22 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
23 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r s.t.
24 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC s.t.
25 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
26 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
27 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
28 Philippe GILBERT BMC s.t.
29 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
30 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
31 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar s.t.
32 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha s.t.
33 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
34 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
35 Julien BERARD Ag2r s.t.
36 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
37 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
38 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling s.t.
39 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
41 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
42 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
43 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
44 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
45 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
46 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
47 Anthony GESLIN FDJ s.t.
48 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r s.t.
49 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
50 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
51 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
52 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
53 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
54 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
55 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
56 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ s.t.
57 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
58 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal s.t.
59 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar @ 13sec
60 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek 15
61 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 25
62 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
63 Oliver NAESEN Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
64 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
65 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
66 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis 48
67 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo @ 1min 8sec
68 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +2:21
69 Axel DOMONT Ag2r +3:25
70 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling s.t.
71 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
72 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +5:29
73 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
74 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles +5:33
75 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
76 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
77 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
78 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
79 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
80 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
81 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC +5:40
82 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +9:41
83 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

745.7 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.56 km/hr

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 18hr 51min 1sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport-Vlaanderen @ 16sec
3 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha 36
4 Loic VLIEGEN BMC 42
5 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 52
6 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal 59
7 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles @ 1min 1sec
8 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
9 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek +1:06
10 Philippe GILBERT BMC +1:08
11 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step +1:14
12 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo +1:16
13 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport-Vlaanderen +1:18
14 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal +1:20
15 Arthur VICHOT FDJ +1:22
16 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
17 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
18 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha +1:31
19 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement +1:33
20 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
21 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
22 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC +1:44
23 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport-Vlaanderen +1:48
24 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
25 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo +2:01
26 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement +2:10
27 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi +2:18
28 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport-Vlaanderen +2:36
29 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step +2:37
30 Oliver NAESEN Topsport-Vlaanderen +3:33
31 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement +3:50
32 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles +3:53
33 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement +3:55
34 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r +4:23
35 Anthony ROUX FDJ +4:39
36 Edward THEUNS Topsport-Vlaanderen +4:54
37 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +5:07
38 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling +5:43
39 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis +5:47
40 Tony HUREL Europcar +6:11
41 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo +6:13
42 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert +6:39
43 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles +7:33
44 Anthony GESLIN FDJ +7:55
45 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement +8:21
46 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +8:37
47 Rick ZABEL BMC +8:42
48 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha +8:52
49 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling +9:11
50 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis +9:14
51 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
52 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
53 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport-Vlaanderen s.t.
54 Axel DOMONT Ag2r +10:11
55 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar +10:19
56 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert +10:25
57 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling +10:30
58 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
59 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling +11:47
60 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +11:57
61 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step +12:03
62 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +12:40
63 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek +14:41
64 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal +15:06
65 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis +15:16
66 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha +16:14
67 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha +17:32
68 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ +18:14
69 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +18:33
70 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar +19:19
71 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal +19:56
72 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +21:15
73 Julien BERARD Ag2r +22:05
74 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +22:36
75 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r +23:47
76 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis +24:25
77 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step +24:46
78 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC +24:53
79 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +27:23
80 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27:40
81 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +31:35
82 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +31:50
83 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +32:18

Monday, July 27: Stage 3, Bastogne - Namur, 218 km

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert wins Tour de Wallonie stage 3

The Race: Here's the report straight from BMC: BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert had time to freewheel his BMC teammachine SLR01 across the finish line and raise one arm in celebration Monday as he captured Stage 3 of the Tour de Wallonie.

Gilbert attacked in the final 800 meters of the uphill climb to the finish at the end of the 207-kilometer race. He soloed in four seconds ahead of Pieter Serry (Etixx-Quick Step), who won a reduced bunch sprint ahead of Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

"I have done this finish a few times," Gilbert said. "I think I have won two or three times before here and been second twice and once fifth, when it was a Giro d'Italia stage (in 2006). So I knew the final really well."

It was Gilbert's second win in the past six days. The 2012 world road champion had been sidelined by a knee injury since June 16 when he withdrew from the Tour de Suisse before Stage 3. But last week, in his first race back, Gilbert won a bunch sprint finish at Grand Prix Cerami.

"Now my knee is OK and in my head that is a big win," he said. "I feel free. It is easier on the bike. And when you have success, you want more. So when you are in a good mood like this, you hope to keep winning. So now I hope I can get a win like this on the WorldTour so we can get some points."

Before Gilbert's heroics, the BMC Racing Team worked hard to help reel in five riders from the day's breakaway.

"Loïc Vliegen and I had to ride pretty hard to get the last guy back because over the last climb, he still had 20 seconds," Marcus Burghart said. "Before that, Jempy Drucker and Peter Velits were doing the work and Rick Zabel was leading us out to a tricky downhill. Alessandro De Marchi was also putting in hard pulls as well for the last climb on the flat. So it was a pretty good team effort."

With two days of the race to go, Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) still leads, having won a two-up sprint on Stage 1 by more than a minute ahead of the peloton. Vliegen climbed from seventh to fourth in the overall standings by finishing 14th, 10 seconds back of Gilbert. He is 42 seconds behind.

"What was important for us today was the victory," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Valerio Piva said. "As I said from the first day, it will be difficult to beat Terpstra. He is a strong rider and he was in the front again today in the final. So the GC (general classification) will be difficult. But we will keep trying and trying to win more stages."

Complete results:

218 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.33 km/hr

1 Philippe GILBERT BMC 5hr 32min 35sec
2 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step @ 4sec
3 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
4 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha s.t.
5 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
6 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
7 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
7 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
8 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
9 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
10 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
11 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
12 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen 10
13 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
14 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
15 Anthony ROUX FDJ 15
16 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
17 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
18 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
19 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha s.t.
20 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
21 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis 21
22 Axel DOMONT Ag2r s.t.
23 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar s.t.
24 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling 30
25 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar s.t.
26 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
27 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
28 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
29 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
30 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
31 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
32 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC s.t.
33 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
34 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
35 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ s.t.
36 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
37 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis 39
38 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling 52
39 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
40 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
41 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
42 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
43 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
44 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen @ 1min 20sec
45 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ +1:44
46 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement +1:46
47 Anthony GESLIN FDJ +1:51
48 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r +2:39
49 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha +2:48
50 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen +3:36
51 Jerome COUSIN Europcar +3:40
52 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo +3:49
53 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling +4:37
54 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
55 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert +4:53
56 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
57 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
58 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r s.t.
59 Julien BERARD Ag2r s.t.
60 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
61 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +5:59
62 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +6:52
63 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +7:26
64 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
65 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
66 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
67 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
68 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling s.t.
69 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
70 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
71 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal s.t.
72 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
73 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
74 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
75 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
76 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
77 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
78 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
79 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC s.t.
80 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +13:13
81 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
82 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
83 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

581.1 km raced so far at an average speed of 39.55 km/hr

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 14hr 40min 0sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen @ 16sec
3 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha 36
4 Loic VLIEGEN BMC 42
5 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 52
6 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal 59
7 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles @ 1min 1sec
8 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
9 Philippe GILBERT BMC +1:08
10 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek +1:10
11 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step +1:14
12 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo +1:16
13 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen +1:18
14 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal +1:20
15 Arthur VICHOT FDJ +1:22
16 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
17 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
18 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha +1:31
19 Fabio FELLINE Trek +1:33
20 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
21 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
22 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC +1:44
23 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen +1:48
24 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
25 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo +2:07
26 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles +2:09
27 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step +2:10
28 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
29 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi +2:18
30 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen +2:36
31 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen +3:06
32 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles +3:28
33 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement +3:50
34 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement +3:55
35 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r +4:23
36 Anthony ROUX FDJ +4:39
37 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen +4:54
38 Jerome COUSIN Europcar +4:58
39 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis +4:59
40 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo +5:05
41 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +5:07
42 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling +5:53
43 Tony HUREL Europcar +6:11
44 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert +6:39
45 Axel DOMONT Ag2r +6:46
46 Anthony GESLIN FDJ +7:55
47 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement +8:21
48 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling +8:22
49 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +8:24
50 Rick ZABEL BMC +8:42
51 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling +8:44
52 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +8:52
53 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha +8:52
54 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ +9:14
55 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
56 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
57 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
58 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +9:15
59 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar +10:19
60 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert +10:25
61 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling +10:30
62 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha +10:41
63 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +11:57
64 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha +12:03
65 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step +12:03
66 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal +14:25
67 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek +14:41
68 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal +15:06
69 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis +15:16
70 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ +18:14
71 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar +18:52
72 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
73 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +18:54
74 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step +19:13
75 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC s.t.
76 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +21:54
77 Julien BERARD Ag2r +22:05
78 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +22:21
79 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r +23:47
80 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +26:23
81 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +26:49
82 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +27:23
83 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +27:40
84 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert +35:36

Sunday, July 26: Stage 2, Beaufays - Bessange, 171.39 km

Danny van Poppel wins Wallonie stage 2

Danny van Poppel wins Wallonie stage 2

The Race, here's the way Trek Factory Racing described the stage:

Danny van Poppel took advantage of some fantastic teamwork to win the second stage at the Tour de Wallonie Sunday.  Trek Factory Racing, with only five men in the race, used its limited resources perfectly to lead van Poppel to the victory on his birthday, a wonderful present for the 22-year-old.

“It was special that I can win on my birthday,” said an elated van Poppel. “It was hard race with a lot of climbs - never flat.  In the middle of the race a big group went away and [Etixx] Quick Step pulled full gas and that made it really hard.

“I felt good already in the training camp we made with the team, but it’s not always easy to win when you are feeling good, so to do it, and on my birthday is something. My mom and girlfriend were there today and they don’t often come to my races so that was really special, too.”

Breakaways animated the 171.4-kilometer stage two at the Tour de Wallonie, but Trek Factory Racing played possum, choosing to lay low and chance everything would come together at the end.

In the closing kilometers, the pinstripes kicked into action. Yaroslav Popovych and Hayden Roulston pulled hard at the front to help neutralize the last remnants of an escape group, and in the finale Boy van Poppel gave a flawless lead out for his brother and Danny sealed the deal with his second victory of the season.

Van Poppel: “Five kilometers before the finish there was an 800-meter climb and we knew that [Philippe] Gilbert would attack there so the team dropped me in good position there and I was really strong on the climb and I think we were gone with six riders, all the big names, we had a small gap, but no one wanted to work together and were caught back on the descent.

“In the sprint I was a little far back but Boy rode me to the front, we took a lot of risks but it was a perfect leadout to 200 meters to go and then I went full gas over him. It was an easy win for me after all the work of the team. I felt strong today.”

Director Dirk Demol was pleased the team turned around a less than stellar first stage Saturday and did so in the best way possible.

“Today was good – a couple breaks today, but we just stayed calm,” explained Demol by phone. “In the final Popo [Popovych] and Hayden pulled and in the end Boy did a perfect leadout for his brother so that brought us the win today.”

“I knew that we could win today with Danny. I saw him riding strong at the team training camp in the Alps that we organized for the riders during the Tour de France, and last week in GP Cerami with his second place he proved his condition is there.  He also had the extra motivation today with his birthday. I told the boys for sure there would be cake tonight, but it’s up to you if it’s a plain cake or something else!”

Complete Results:

171.39 km raced at an average speed of 39.87 km/hr

1 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek 4hr 17min 57sec
2 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
3 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC s.t.
4 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
5 Danilo NAPOLITANO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
6 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha s.t.
7 Aleksei TCATEVICH Katusha s.t.
8 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling s.t.
9 Anthony ROUX FDJ s.t.
10 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
11 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal s.t.
12 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
13 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
14 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
15 Samuel DUMOULIN Ag2r s.t.
16 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
17 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
18 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
19 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
20 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha s.t.
21 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
22 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
23 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
24 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
25 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
26 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
27 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
28 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
29 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
30 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
31 Philippe GILBERT BMC s.t.
32 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
33 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
34 Julien BERARD Ag2r s.t.
35 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
36 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
37 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
38 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
39 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling s.t.
40 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
41 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
42 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
43 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
44 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
45 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
46 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
47 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar @ 15sec
48 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling 19
49 Peter VELITS BMC 30
50 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
51 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
52 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r s.t.
53 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
54 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ s.t.
55 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
56 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
57 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
58 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar 33
59 Serge DE WORTELAER Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
60 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement 51
61 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles @ 1min 40sec
62 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling s.t.
63 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
64 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
65 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
66 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
67 Anthony GESLIN FDJ s.t.
68 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
69 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r s.t.
70 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
71 Jonas AHLSTRAND Cofidis s.t.
72 Hayden ROULSTON Trek s.t.
73 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
74 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
75 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +3:19
76 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
77 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
78 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
79 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
80 Kris BOECKMANS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
81 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +5:09
82 Robin STENUIT Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
83 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
84 Romain GUILLEMOIS Europcar s.t.
85 Axel DOMONT Ag2r s.t.
86 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
87 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
88 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis s.t.
89 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
90 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +7:23
91 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC s.t.
92 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
93 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +9:12

GC after Stage 2:

362.09 km raced so far at an average speed of 39.69 km/hr

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 9hr 7min 21sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen @ 10sec
3 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal 33
4 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles 35
5 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r 35
6 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha 36
7 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
8 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 41
9 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretagne-Seche Environnement 59
10 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek @ 1min 10sec
11 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo +1:16
12 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC +1:18
13 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo +1:19
14 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha +1:20
15 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling s.t.
16 Aleksei TCATEVICH Katusha s.t.
17 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
18 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
19 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
20 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
21 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
22 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen +1:22
23 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
24 Philippe GILBERT BMC s.t.
25 Samuel DUMOULIN Ag2r s.t.
26 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
27 Danilo NAPOLITANO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
28 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
29 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
30 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
31 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
32 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
33 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
34 Christophe LABORIE Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
35 Matthieu BOULO Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
36 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
37 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
38 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
39 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
40 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
41 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1:50
42 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
43 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r +1:52
44 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic-Ekoi s.t.
45 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
46 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
47 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
48 Daniel MCLAY Bretagne-Seche Environnement +2:13
49 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen +3:00
50 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles +3:02
51 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles +3:02
52 Benoit JARRIER Bretagne-Seche Environnement s.t.
53 Jonas AHLSTRAND Cofidis s.t.
54 Hayden ROULSTON Trek s.t.
55 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +4:26
56 Anthony ROUX FDJ +4:28
57 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
58 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC +4:35
59 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles +4:41
60 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
61 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
62 Kris BOECKMANS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
63 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha +6:08
64 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
65 Anthony GESLIN FDJ s.t.
66 Axel DOMONT Ag2r +6:29
67 Robin STENUIT Veranclassic-Ekoi +6:31
68 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ +7:34
69 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling s.t.
70 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal +7:44
71 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +8:07
72 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step +8:45
73 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal +9:36
74 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert +9:37
75 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar +10:05
76 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling +10:11
77 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis +11:30
78 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
79 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +11:32
80 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC +11:51
81 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
82 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step +13:40
83 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +14:31
84 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek +14:59
85 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis s.t.
86 Julien BERARD Ag2r +17:16
87 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ +17:48
88 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r +18:58
89 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +19:01
90 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +20:35
91 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert +22:27
92 Serge DE WORTELAER Veranclassic-Ekoi +28:36
93 Romain GUILLEMOIS Europcar +33:12

Saturday, July 25: Stage 1, Wanze - Hannut, 190.7 km

Niki Terpstra

Niki Terpstra wins Wallonie stage 1

Here's the race report from Etixx-Quick Step: Etixx - Quick-Step rider Niki Terpstra did what he loves to do most with about 24km remaining in 190.7km Stage 1 of Tour de Wallonie on Saturday: Attack. He went away from a 13-rider escape group — down from an original selection of 14 — along with Victor Campenaerts (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise). The duo maintained their advantage all the way until the finish line of the opening stage.

Terpstra launched with 200m to go and won over Campenaerts for the first time in his 2015 Dutch Road Champion jersey. Terpstra won by four seconds. The two riders had more than a 44" advantage inside 4km to go. Yauheni Hutarovich (Bretagne-Séché) finished 3rd, 21" behind the lead duo.

Terpstra's victory is his 5th of the 2015 season, and the 38th on the road for Etixx - Quick-Step.

Terpstra will protect his race leadership on Sunday for Stage 2, 181.4km from Beaufays to Bassenge. There are nine climbs and a local circuit of 30 kilometers. The final climb is at kilometer 166 of the stage. The profile features steeper climbs in comparison to Stage 1, but the finale is flatter than the other moments of the stage.

"For the entire day it was bad weather, rain and plenty of wind," Terpstra said. "We started with an uphill and then there was the typical false flat roads in Wallonie. At that point of the parcours we went away with 14 riders, including my teammate Martin Velits. Martin did a great job keeping the speed high in the breakaway. We had good collaboration in the group. At about 24 kilometers to go, on a slight uphill, I attacked and Campenaerts followed. We went up the road together and in the end I won. It's really nice to win for the first time in this Dutch Champion Jersey, and to open Tour de Wallonie with a victory. It's a good start for the GC, but we will see day-by-day what we can do with the overall. At the moment we will enjoy this victory, and starting tomorrow we will see what can happen."

Complete Results:

190.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.5 km/hr

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 4hr 49min 39sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen @ 4sec
3 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretegne-Seche Environnement 21
4 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
5 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
6 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
7 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha s.t.
8 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
9 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 26
10 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha @ 1min 5sec
11 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
12 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling s.t.
14 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
15 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
16 Aleksei TCATEVICH Katusha s.t.
17 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
18 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
19 Daniel MCLAY Bretegne-Seche Environnement +1:07
20 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
21 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
22 Philippe GILBERT BMC s.t.
23 Robin STENUIT Veranclassic s.t.
24 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
25 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
26 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
27 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC s.t.
28 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r s.t.
29 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
30 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic s.t.
31 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
32 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
33 Axel DOMONT Ag2r s.t.
34 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
35 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
36 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
37 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
38 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
39 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
40 Samuel DUMOULIN Ag2r s.t.
41 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
42 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
43 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
44 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
45 Christophe LABORIE Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
46 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
47 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
48 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
49 Jonas AHLSTRAND Cofidis s.t.
50 Benoit JARRIER Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
51 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
52 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
53 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
54 Danilo NAPOLITANO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
55 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
56 Kris BOECKMANS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
57 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
58 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
59 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
60 Hayden ROULSTON Trek s.t.
61 Matthieu BOULO Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
62 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
63 Anthony ROUX FDJ +4:13
64 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
65 Louis VERVAEKE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
66 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
67 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
68 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
69 Anthony GESLIN FDJ s.t.
70 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
71 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
72 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
73 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
74 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC s.t.
75 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +7:19
76 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
77 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling s.t.
78 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal s.t.
79 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis +9:35
80 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
81 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar s.t.
82 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
83 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek s.t.
84 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +9:37
85 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling s.t.
86 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +12:36
87 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +13:37
88 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +17:01
89 Julien BERARD Ag2r s.t.
90 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert +17:03
91 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ s.t.
92 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r s.t.
93 Romain GUILLEMOIS Europcar +27:48
94 Serge DE WORTELAER Veranclassic s.t.

GC after Stage 1

1 Niki TERPSTRA Etixx-Quick Step 4hr 49min 24sec
2 Victor CAMPENAERTS Topsport Vlaanderen @ 10sec
3 Yauheni HUTAROVICH Bretegne-Seche Environnement 29
4 Boris VALLEE Lotto-Soudal 33
5 Antoine DEMOITIE Wallonie-Bruxelles 35
6 Sébastien TURGOT Ag2r s.t.
7 Sergey LAGUTIN Katusha 36
8 Loic VLIEGEN BMC s.t.
9 Antoine WARNIER Wallonie-Bruxelles 41
10 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Katusha +1:20
11 Danny VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
12 Jurgen ROELANDTS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
13 Jonas VANGENECHTEN IAM Cycling s.t.
14 Rick ZABEL BMC s.t.
15 Pieter SERRY Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
16 Aleksei TCATEVICH Katusha s.t.
17 Roy JANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
18 Gijs VAN HOECKE Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
19 Daniel MCLAY Bretegne-Seche Environnement @ 1min 22sec
20 Edward THEUNS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
21 Sébastien DELFOSSE Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
22 Philippe GILBERT BMC s.t.
23 Robin STENUIT Veranclassic s.t.
24 Jelle WALLAYS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
25 Thomas SPRENGERS Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
26 Kevin ISTA Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
27 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC s.t.
28 Gediminas BAGDONAS Ag2r s.t.
29 Oliver NAESEN Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
30 Edwig CAMMAERTS Veranclassic s.t.
31 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
32 Tony HUREL Europcar s.t.
33 Axel DOMONT Ag2r s.t.
34 Olivier CHEVALIER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
35 Arthur VICHOT FDJ s.t.
36 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
37 Nikolas MAES Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
38 Ludwig DE WINTER Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
39 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
40 Samuel DUMOULIN Ag2r s.t.
41 Peter VELITS BMC s.t.
42 Fabio FELLINE Trek s.t.
43 Gatis SMUKULIS Katusha s.t.
44 Boy VAN POPPEL Trek s.t.
45 Christophe LABORIE Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
46 Pirmin LANG IAM Cycling s.t.
47 Michael VAN STAEYEN Cofidis s.t.
48 Thomas DEGAND IAM Cycling s.t.
49 Jonas AHLSTRAND Cofidis s.t.
50 Benoit JARRIER Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
51 Björn LEUKEMANS Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
52 Jay MCCARTHY Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
53 Michael MORKOV Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
54 Danilo NAPOLITANO Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
55 Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
56 Kris BOECKMANS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
57 Fabio SABATINI Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
58 Jerome COUSIN Europcar s.t.
59 Tom BOONEN Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
60 Hayden ROULSTON Trek s.t.
61 Matthieu BOULO Bretegne-Seche Environnement s.t.
62 Matti BRESCHEL Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
63 Pavel BRUTT Tinkoff-Saxo +4:26
64 Anthony ROUX FDJ +4:28
65 Martin VELITS Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
66 Louis VERVAEKE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
67 Ilnur ZAKARIN Katusha s.t.
68 Sergei CHERNETSKI Katusha s.t.
69 Anthony GESLIN FDJ s.t.
70 Tosh VAN DER SANDE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
71 Cyril LEMOINE Cofidis s.t.
72 Frederik VEUCHELEN Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
73 Stijn VANDENBERGH Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
74 Alessandro DE MARCHI BMC s.t.
75 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ Europcar +7:34
76 Arnaud COURTEILLE FDJ s.t.
77 Patrick SCHELLING IAM Cycling s.t.
78 Kenny DE HAES Lotto-Soudal s.t.
79 Loïc CHETOUT Cofidis +9:50
80 Yannick MARTINEZ Europcar s.t.
81 Antoine DUCHESNE Europcar s.t.
82 Gert JOEAAR Cofidis s.t.
83 Yaroslav POPOVYCH Trek s.t.
84 Simon PELLAUD IAM Cycling +9:52
85 Dries DEVENYNS IAM Cycling s.t.
86 Enrico GASPAROTTO Wanty-Groupe Gobert +12:51
87 Simone ANTONINI Wanty-Groupe Gobert +13:52
88 Gregory HABEAUX Wallonie-Bruxelles +17:16
89 Julien BERARD Ag2r +17:16
90 Boris DRON Wanty-Groupe Gobert +17:18
91 Pierre-Henri LECUISINIER FDJ s.t.
92 Sébastien MINARD Ag2r s.t.
93 Romain GUILLEMOIS Europcar +28:03
94 Serge DE WORTELAER Veranclassic s.t.