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2018 Grand Prix de Wallonie (1.1), Belgium

59th edition: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Grand Prix de Wallonie podium history | 2017 edition | 2019 edition | Course map

Blegny - Citadelle de Namur, 205.9 km

Jasper Stuyven

Jasper Stuyven wins in Namur. Photo: Peter De Voecht/PN/Bettini

The race: Here's the report from winner Jasper Stuyven's Trek-Segafredo team.

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle

Jasper Stuyven left no doubt who was the strongest in the 59th edition of the Grand Prix de Wallonie Wednesday, leading himself out in the sprint with five men on his wheel and taking the win by a bike length.

It was the teamwork before the traditional finale climb up to Citadelle de Namur that played an essential role in setting up Stuyven, who clearly was on a good day. Notably, Niklas Eg who pulled for 120 kilometers on the front with a Cofidis rider to help control and bring back the five-man breakaway.

“It was really cool racing today – the team controlled the race the whole day, right from the start. Neo-pro Niklas Eg did really a perfect job. Our goal was to make the race hard, and we did, and the team put me in a perfect position at 25-30kms to go. I had really good legs, so I decided to make the race hard myself from that point onward,” explained Stuyven.

With Irish powerhouse Ryan Mullen putting Jasper Stuyven in a great position in the final 25 kilometers, Stuyven took the race in hand. His attack created the first big selection, and just when the decimated bunch began to claw its way back, he attacked again on a climb with 16 kilometers to go, drawing out a select group of nine, with five riders chasing furiously behind.

“It was a pity that in the finale a few riders came back, and I had no one there to help, but Michael (Gogl) was still suffering from the jetlag (Gogl raced the Canadian classics with Stuyven -ed),” continued Stuyven. “But I had good legs, so I didn’t panic. When Barguil went at 1.5kms to go, I knew this was the move I had to counter. I decided to keep going full gas, and obviously, this meant I was racing in the front really early, but I knew that if I could take the last corner first, not many would be able to pass me.”

The two groups came together ahead of the climb to the Citadelle de Namur – not an easy finish after 200 kilometers – and Stuyven looked to have put himself into a precarious position when five riders came back to his wheel in the last 500 meters after going all-in for the final two kilometers.

With little choice, he continued to push the pace, taking the final sharp corner first, and jumping for the line. No one had an answer. He crossed the line with enough space to raise his arms and savor the victory.

Complete results:

205.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.286 km/hr

1 STUYVEN Jasper Trek-Segafredo 5hr 14min 28sec
2 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis s.t.
3 BARGUIL Warren Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
4 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
5 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
6 DUIJN Huub Veranda's Willems-Crelan @ 5sec
7 HIVERT Jonathan Direct Energie 0:07
8 CABOT Jeremy Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
9 REZA Kévin Vital Concept s.t.
10 BENNETT Sean Hagens Berman Axeon 0:08
11 ANTOMARCHI Julien Roubaix-Lille Metropole 0:12
12 SEIGLE Romain Groupama-FDJ s.t.
13 ALMEIDA João Hagens Berman Axeon 0:14
14 DE GREEF Robbert Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 0:16
15 EIKING Odd Christian Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:23
16 BAKELANTS Jan Ag2r La Mondiale 0:26
17 OLIVEIRA Rui Hagens Berman Axeon 0:27
18 LE GAC Olivier Groupama-FDJ 0:47
19 VAN DER HOORN Taco Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
20 MAISON Jérémy Fortuneo-Samsic 0:51
21 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas Groupama-FDJ 0:54
22 DELTOMBE Kevin Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:59
23 MÜLLER Patrick Vital Concept s.t.
24 SIMON Julien Cofidis s.t.
25 SPRENGERS Thomas Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 1:03
26 PEYSKENS Dimitri WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 1:28
27 PEREZ Anthony Cofidis 1:34
28 BAUGNIES Jérôme Wanty-Groupe Gobert 1:37
29 NEILANDS Krists Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
30 LEWIS Adam T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
31 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
32 DE WITTE Mathias Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
33 BACKAERT Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
34 TURGIS Tanguy Vital Concept s.t.
35 IDJOUADIENE Pierre Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
36 BUDDING Martijn Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
37 GUERREIRO Ruben Trek-Segafredo s.t.
38 RUIJGH Rob Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
39 PRODHOMME Nicolas Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
40 VAN GESTEL Dries Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
41 DOUBEY Fabien Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
42 BADILATTI Matteo Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
43 VAUGRENARD Benoît Groupama-FDJ s.t.
44 VAN GINNEKEN Sjoerd Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
45 NAULEAU Bryan Direct Energie 1:43
46 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Groupama-FDJ s.t.
47 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto-Soudal 2:07
48 STOCKMAN Abram Tarteletto-Isorex 2:24
49 TURGIS Jimmy Cofidis 2:28
50 STOCKMAN Michiel Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
51 VAN VUCHELEN Tom AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
52 VANTOMME Maxime WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 2:32
53 KEUKELEIRE Jens Lotto-Soudal 2:34
54 TRONET Steven Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
55 ALLEGAERT Piet Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
56 TURGIS Anthony Cofidis 2:39
57 PESTIAUX Yann AGO-Aqua Service 2:42
58 GERTS Floris Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
59 BONNAMOUR Franck Fortuneo-Samsic 2:59
60 COURTEILLE Arnaud Vital Concept 3:06
61 ISTA Kevyn WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 3:13
62 MONIQUET Sylvain AGO-Aqua Service 3:16
63 DENZ Nico Ag2r La Mondiale 3:19
64 WIRTGEN Tom WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 3:21
65 DE GENDT Aimé Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 3:26
66 LIETAER Eliot WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
67 DUMOULIN Samuel Ag2r La Mondiale 3:33
68 LEDANOIS Kévin Fortuneo-Samsic 4:27
69 SEFA Ylber Tarteletto-Isorex 7:13
70 WARNIER Antoine WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic 7:16
71 VAN MELSEN Kevin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
72 MAINARD Jerome Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
73 DÍAZ José Manuel Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
74 SCHEIRE Ruben Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
75 MAES Nikolas Lotto-Soudal s.t.
76 PAGNAER Arthur T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
77 MORTIER Julien WB-Aqua Protect-Veranclassic s.t.
78 SLAGMULDERS Yorick T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
79 DOPCHIE Felix AGO-Aqua Service s.t.
80 VAN STAEYEN Michael Cofidis s.t.
81 VAN POPPEL Boy Trek-Segafredo s.t.
82 DECLERCQ Benjamin Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
83 JENSEN August Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
84 VANHOUCKE Harm Lotto-Soudal s.t.
85 SELLIER Simon Direct Energie 7:21
86 LIVYNS Arjen Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
87 JOLY Thomas Roubaix-Lille Metropole 7:39
88 VAN GOETHEM Brian Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 7:48
89 MANZIN Lorrenzo Vital Concept 9:56
90 DIDIER Laurent Trek-Segafredo 12:01
91 MULLEN Ryan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
92 GOGL Michael Trek-Segafredo s.t.
93 BOUCHER David Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
94 GOLDSTEIN Roy Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
95 NAESEN Lawrence Lotto-Soudal s.t.
96 SIEBERG Marcel Lotto-Soudal s.t.
97 MORICE Julien Vital Concept s.t.
98 LEIGH Andy Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
99 ARMIRAIL Bruno Groupama-FDJ s.t.
100 CORNU Jérémy Direct Energie s.t.
101 MEIJERS Jeroen Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
102 DE BONDT Dries Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
103 PETIT Tomas T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
104 VANDENBERGH Stijn Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
105 HOELGAARD Daniel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
106 FARAZIJN Maxime Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
107 BAGDONAS Gediminas Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
108 KØRNER Max Emil T.Palm-Pole Continental s.t.
109 RICE Michael Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
110 GÈNE Yohann Direct Energie s.t.
111 LE BON Johan Vital Concept s.t.
112 LE ROUX Romain Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
113 MOINARD Amaël Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
114 LEYSEN Senne Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
115 DEVOLDER Stijn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
116 BROWN Jonny Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
117 ZIJLAARD Maikel Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
118 JOURNIAUX Axel Direct Energie s.t.
119 OLIVEIRA Ivo Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
120 TASSET Marvin AGO-Aqua Service 12:10
121 DE SY Vincent T.Palm-Pole Continental 15:09

Course map:

2018 GP de Walloni map

2018 GP de Wallonie map