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2016 Grand Prix de Wallonie (1.1), Belgium

57th edition: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Grand Prix de Wallonie podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Race map and profile

De Beaufays (Chaudfontaine) - La Citadelle de Namur, 205.5 km

Gp Wallonie

Tony Gallopin wins 2016 GP Wallonie just ahead of Petr Vakoc

The Race: Winner Tony Gallopin's Lotto-Soudal team sent me this summary.

Cycling's 50 Triumphs and Tragedies

The start of the 57th edition of the Grand Prix de Wallonie was given under the blazing sun in Beaufays. The nine leaders of the race enjoyed a maximum advantage of almost six minutes. Lotto Soudal and Etixx – Quick-Step took the responsibility to control the peloton and chase down the nine riders in front. The leading group was reeled in on the Côte de Lustin and that’s where the finale started. On the next climb a new series of attacks wed out the peloton and seven riders managed to get away.

Tony Gallopin represented Lotto Soudal in the front group. They stayed away until the foot of the Côte de la Citadelle de Namur. Tiesj Benoot and Tony Gallopin rode attentively at the front of the peloton and when several riders attacked, Gallopin reacted. He set a high pace and dropped the others. It looked like he was riding solo to the finish line, but with fifty metres to go, Vakoc came really close. In the sprint the Frenchman of Lotto Soudal won just ahead of the Czech rider. This victory is the first one for Gallopin in 2016.

Tony Gallopin: “The team did a perfect job today. All day long we were positioned on the first rows of the peloton chasing down the front group. The attack on the second last climb of the race was a good starting point. We were with seven good riders and we managed to create a small gap pretty fast. Bakelants was very good today. He was the one that set up the breakaway and his teammate Pozzovivo was among us as well. We worked together but it wasn’t perfect. That’s the reason why we were reeled in at the foot of the citadel. When we were caught by the peloton I had a moment to recover. I found my own pace and I moved up to the fifteenth position. The further we went uphill, the better I felt and the better I was positioned in the bunch. At a certain moment I felt ready to attack once again and I gave everything I had. Two years ago I finished second on the citadel. This climb suits me very well. In the last fifty metres Vakoc came really close and the stress was getting to me. Fortunately I went fast enough to bring home the victory.”

“The team gave me permission to change my programme because I wanted to focus on the European Championships that are coming up this Sunday. That’s why I didn’t participate in the races in Canada. Instead I chose to ride the Tour of Britain before I came here for the Grand Prix de Wallonie. It feels really good to know that the team trusts me. In the Tour of Britain I felt better every day. I hoped to win a stage there, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. But my focus is on Sunday, that’s when I want to be really good.”

Complete Results:

205.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.257 km/hr

1 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal 5hr 6min 17sec
2 Petr Vakoc Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
3 Jérôme Baugnies Wanty-Groupe Gobert @ 1sec
4 Huub Duyn Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
5 Nicolas Edet Cofidis s.t.
6 Tiesj Benoot Lotto-Soudal @ 4sec
7 Baptiste Planckaert Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
8 Rasmus Guldhammer Stölting s.t.
9 Jonathan Hivert Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
10 Fabian Wegmann Stölting s.t.
11 Jan Bakelants Ag2r s.t.
12 Sébastien Reichenbach FDJ s.t.
13 Tim Declercq Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
14 Pieter Weening Roompot Oranje Peloton +10''
15 Julien Antomarchi Roubaix Metropole +12''
16 Sjoerd van Ginneken Roompot Oranje Peloton +17''
17 Domenico Pozzovivo Ag2r s.t.
18 Jimmy Turgis Roubaix Metropole s.t.
19 Dimitri Peyskens Veranclassic s.t.
20 Eliot Lietaer Topsport Vlaanderen +22''
21 Hubert Dupont Ag2r s.t.
22 Gaetan Bille Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
23 Larry Warbasse IAM Cycling s.t.
24 Fabien Doubey FDJ s.t.
25 Rémy Rochas Ag2r +28''
26 Rayane Bouhanni Cofidis +40''
27 Kevyn Ista Wallonie Bruxelles +43''
28 Axel Flet Veranclassic +59''
29 Anthony Delaplace Fortuneo Vital Concept +1' 02''
30 Clément Chevrier IAM Cycling +1' 13''
31 Thomas Sprengers Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
32 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 25''
33 Julien Vermote Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
34 Xandro Meurisse Wanty-Groupe Gobert +1' 45''
35 Dimitri Claeys Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
36 Nick van der Lijke Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
37 Benoît Vaugrenard FDJ +1' 49''
38 Arjen Livyns Veranda's Willems +2' 46''
39 Gordon De Winter Color Code +3' 51''
40 Brecht Dhaene Veranda's Willems +4' 05''
41 Antoine Warnier Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
42 Christophe Masson Veranclassic s.t.
43 Floris De Tier Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
44 Arnaud Gérard Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
45 Thomas Degand Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
46 Dennis Coenen Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
47 Vegard Breen Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
48 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
49 Stefan Denifl IAM Cycling +4' 19''
50 Preben Van Hecke Topsport Vlaanderen +5' 16''
51 Maximilien Picoux Color Code +5' 20''
52 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling +5' 56''
53 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling s.t.
54 Florent Pereira Roubaix Metropole s.t.
55 Jérémy Leveau Roubaix Metropole s.t.
56 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r s.t.
57 Arnold Jeannesson Cofidis +6' 30''
58 Julien Mortier Color Code +6' 55''
59 Marvin Tasset Color Code s.t.
60 Sébastien Carabin T. Palm +7' 44''
61 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal +8' 27''
62 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
63 Fernando Gaviria Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
64 Michael Reihs Stölting s.t.
65 Sam Lennertz Veranclassic s.t.
66 Anthony Perez Cofidis +9' 13''
67 Christophe Laporte Cofidis s.t.
68 Dorian Godon Cofidis +9' 18''
69 Adrien Costa Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
70 Cédric Pineau FDJ s.t.
71 Antoine Loy Color Code s.t.
72 Tomas Petit T. Palm +10' 05''
73 Ludwig De Winter Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
74 Michel Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton +10' 36''
75 Félix Pouilly Roubaix Metropole s.t.
76 Gerry Druyts Crelan-Vastgoedservice +12' 52''
77 Dieter Bouvry Roubaix Metropole +13' 54''
78 Maxime Vantomme Roubaix Metropole s.t.
79 Charlie Arimont Color Code s.t.
80 Kevin Van Melsen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
81 Julien Van den Brande Veranclassic s.t.
82 Johan Hemroulle Color Code s.t.
83 Auxence Buntinx T. Palm s.t.
84 Pieter Jacobs Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
85 Dries Van Gestel Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
86 Rob Ruijgh Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
87 Gregory Habeaux Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
88 Massimo Vanderaerden Veranclassic s.t.
89 Oliver Zaugg IAM Cycling s.t.
90 Reinier Honig Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
91 Joachim Vanreyten Crelan-Vastgoedservice s.t.
92 Ludovic Robeet Color Code s.t.
93 Iván García Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
94 Christian Mager Stölting s.t.
95 Sven Reutter Stölting s.t.
96 Thomas Koep Stölting s.t.
97 Steven Tronet Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
98 Jean-Marc Bideau Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
99 Tom Dernies Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
100 Moritz Backofen Stölting s.t.
101 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling s.t.
102 Franck Bonnamour Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
103 Maurits Lammertink Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
104 Gert Jõeäär Cofidis s.t.
105 Kenny De Ketele Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
106 Stef Van Zummeren Veranda's Willems s.t.
107 Aimé De Gendt Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
108 Greg Henderson Lotto-Soudal s.t.
109 Guillaume Delvaux T. Palm +15' 56''
110 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal +16' 02''
111 Sander Cordeel Veranda's Willems s.t.
112 Guillaume Haag T. Palm s.t.
113 Tim De Troyer Veranda's Willems s.t.
114 Nicolas Mertz T. Palm s.t.
115 Wesley Kreder Roompot Oranje Peloton s.t.
116 Victor Van Bost T. Palm s.t.
117 Davide Martinelli Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
118 Rodrigo Contreras Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
119 Dylan Kowalski Roubaix Metropole s.t.
120 Kevin Deltombe Lotto-Soudal +16' 20''
121 Johan Le Bon FDJ +16' 42''

2016 GP Wallonie profile and map:

2016 GP de Wallonie map and profile