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2017 Grand Prix de Wallonie (1.1), Belgium

58th edition: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grand Prix de Wallonie podium history | 2016 edition

Chaudfontaine - La Citadelle de Namur, 212.1 km

Tim Wellens

Tim Wellens wins in style

The race: Here's the report from winner Tim Wellens' Lotto-Soudal team.

Tim Wellens won in great fashion the 58th edition of the GP de Wallonie. Wellens, Gallopin, Benoot and Maes were part of a 21 riders echelon which opened 40 kilometres from the finish and the group was then reduced to eight riders. Wellens accelerated with sixteen kilometres to go and no one of his fellow escapees seemed able to respond. In the finale, he extended his lead over one minute and secured the win. This is the sixth victory this season for the 26-year-old Belgian. Tony Gallopin finished second one minute later, Tiesj got Benoot  fourth, Jelle Vanendert seventh and Bjorg Lambrecht ninth.

The riders left Chaudfontaine at twelve o'clock for a ride through Wallonia. Edward Planckaert, Cordeel, Devriendt, Delfosse, Tasset, Leveau and Ruijgh established the day's breakaway after fifteen kilometres of racing, and they were granted a maximum advantage of 4'15". Lotto Soudal trainees Mathias Van Gompel and Emiel Planckaert were among those who kept the front group under control. AG2R came to the front with 40 kilometres remaining and opened echelons in the peloton, which led to the creation of a front group of 21 riders, which included Tim Wellens, Tony Gallopin, Tiesj Benoot and Nikolas Maes. After Benoot and Teuns tried to go clear, it was Wellens and Bakelants's turn to make a move, but six other riders jumped on their wheel. Tim Wellens saw an opportunity with sixteen kilometres to go and attacked from the last position in the group. From that moment onwards, the Belgian never stopped increasing his lead and he was able to enjoy his triumph in the last kilometres on the Citadel in Namur. Wellens will come to the World Championships in Norway in brilliant form.

Tim Wellens: "I already felt great in the two WorldTour races in Canada, and I'm happy that I was able to show my good form and to translate it into a good result. We came here with three leaders, but I said this morning that I wanted to have a go for the victory. I want to thank my teammates for all the work they did today. Tiesj and Tony were in a perfect position in the chasing group, the trainees worked hard in the early part of the race and Nikolas Maes gave it all in the echelon to build a large gap. Our objective was to ride hard on the Côte de Lustin in order to come to the next climb with a much smaller group. The last sixteen kilometres felt like a time trial, I immediately tried to open a gap, and then I made sure it remained stable. Sports director Marc Wauters told me that I could enjoy the last three kilometres and that the victory was sealed. I trained really hard for this period, with an eye on the World Championships and I hope I'll be able to show the same kind of condition in the following weeks. "

Some less good news from Jelle Wallays. The Belgian hit the deck during the Vuelta and further examinations showed a fracture of the scafoid in his right hand, as well as two broken ribs, the sixth and the seventh, on his right side. This means that Wallays will stay off the bike for a few weeks and possibly for the rest of the season.

Complete results:

153 starters, 30 abandons, 7 hors délai, 116 classified finishers

212.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.04 km/hr

1 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal 5hr 26min 0sec
2 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal @ 1min 22sec
3 Julien Simon Cofidis +1' 23''
4 Tiesj Benoot Lotto-Soudal s.t.
5 Jan Bakelants Ag2r +1' 25''
6 Dylan Teuns BMC +1' 28''
7 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal +1' 37''
8 Gianluca Brambilla Quick-Step Floors s.t.
9 Bjorg Lambrecht Belgium s.t.
10 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
11 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
12 Thibault Ferasse Armée de Terre s.t.
13 Dimitri Claeys Cofidis s.t.
14 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
15 Dimitri Peyskens WB-Veranclassic s.t.
16 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
17 Franck Bonnamour Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
18 Thibaut Pinot FDJ s.t.
19 Martin Elmiger BMC s.t.
20 Patrick Müller BMC s.t.
21 Mikaël Chérel Ag2r s.t.
22 Julien Antomarchi Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
23 Nathan Van Hooydonck BMC s.t.
24 Yoann Offredo Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
25 Huub Duyn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
26 Benoît Jarrier Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
27 Martijn Budding Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
28 Dorian Godon Cofidis s.t.
29 Jimmy Janssens Cibel-Cebon s.t.
30 Nicolas Edet Cofidis +1' 47''
31 Eliot Lietaer Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
32 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 50''
33 Alexey Vermeulen LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 04''
34 Davide Martinelli Quick-Step Floors +2' 14''
35 Fabien Doubey Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2' 29''
36 Paul Martens LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 30''
37 Taco van der Hoorn Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij +2' 34''
38 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +2' 37''
39 Piet Allegaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +2' 44''
40 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert +2' 59''
41 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r +3' 23''
42 Benjamin Thomas Armée de Terre +3' 34''
43 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +3' 40''
44 Petr Vakoc Quick-Step Floors +4' 06''
45 Stijn Devolder Veranda's Willems-Crelan +4' 15''
46 Charlie Arimont AGO-Aqua Service +5' 07''
47 Abram Stockman Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
48 Sébastien Carabin T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
49 Arjen Livyns Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
50 Adriaan Janssen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
51 Jordi Warlop Belgium s.t.
52 Michiel Stockman Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
53 Dennis Coenen Cibel-Cebon s.t.
54 Maximilien Picoux T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
55 Justin Jules WB-Veranclassic s.t.
56 Joeri Calleeuw Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
57 Mathias De Witte Cibel-Cebon s.t.
58 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
59 Grégory Habeaux WB-Veranclassic s.t.
60 David Gaudu FDJ s.t.
61 Jasper Philipsen Belgium +5' 15''
62 Stan Dewulf Belgium s.t.
63 Bart De Clercq Lotto-Soudal s.t.
64 Clément Venturini Cofidis s.t.
65 Frederik Veuchelen Wanty-Groupe Gobert +5' 18''
66 Maxime Vantomme WB-Veranclassic s.t.
67 Ruben Pols Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +5' 21''
68 Jimmy Raibaud Armée de Terre +5' 45''
69 Kevyn Ista WB-Veranclassic +5' 53''
70 Tanguy Turgis Cofidis +6' 07''
71 Julien Mortier WB-Veranclassic s.t.
72 Mathias Le Turnier Cofidis s.t.
73 Florian Vachon Fortuneo-Oscaro +6' 18''
74 Quentin Jauregui Ag2r +7' 09''
75 Maxime Farazijn Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +10' 58''
76 William Elliott T.Palm-Pole Continental +11' 31''
77 Thimo Willems Belgium +13' 26''
78 Ben Hermans BMC s.t.
79 Andy Leigh Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
80 Rob Ruijgh Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
81 Anthony Debuy AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
82 Yann Pestiaux AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
83 Pierre Goebeert AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
84 Jurgen Van den Broeck LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
85 Aaron Verwilst Belgium s.t.
86 Mathias Van Gompel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
87 Yann Guyot Armée de Terre s.t.
88 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
89 Julien Bérard Ag2r s.t.
90 Gianni Marchand Cibel-Cebon s.t.
91 Stijn Vandenbergh Ag2r s.t.
92 Fernando Gaviria Quick-Step Floors s.t.
93 Bastien Duculty Armée de Terre s.t.
94 Martijn Keizer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
95 Berden de Vries Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
96 François Bidard Ag2r s.t.
97 Wim Reynaerts Cibel-Cebon s.t.
98 Romain Le Roux Armée de Terre s.t.
99 Thibault Guernalec Fortuneo-Oscaro +14' 33''
100 Franklin Six AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
101 Kenny Molly Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
102 Arnaud Gérard Fortuneo-Oscaro s.t.
103 Lennert Teugels Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
104 Michaël Cools Tarteletto-Isorex +16' 59''
105 André Looij Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
106 Max Emil Kørner T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
107 Etienne van Empel Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
108 Marvin Tasset AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
109 Sébastien Delfosse WB-Veranclassic s.t.
110 Edward Walsh T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
111 Robby Cobbaert Cibel-Cebon s.t.
112 Norman Vahtra AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
113 Thomas Joly Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
114 Harm Vanhoucke Belgium +17' 06''
115 Iljo Keisse Quick-Step Floors s.t.
116 Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz Quick-Step Floors +20' 55''

Course map and profile:

Gp Wallonie map

2017 GP de Wallonie map

GP de wallonie profile

2017 GP de Wallonie profile