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2023 Grand Prix de Wallonie (1.Pro), Belgium

63rd edition: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Aywaille - Citadelle de Namur, 201.32 km

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Gonzalo Serrano emphatically wins the 2023 GP de Wallonie. Photo: Getty Sport

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Weather at the finish city of Namur at 1:25 PM, local time: 21C (70F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the west at 13 km/hr (8 mph). There is a 24% chance of rain, dropping to 8% at 3:00.

The race: Here's the report from secind-place Dylan Teuns Team Israel-Premier Tech.

After a long day in the saddle and some incredible work by the whole team, Dylan Teuns attacked on the final climb of the Grand Prix de Wallonie, and despite looking as though he had gone clear, was pipped to second place on the line by Movistar’s Gonzalo Serrano.

With the weather cooling and the cycling season coming to a close, one would think that the racing becomes less intense as the riders tire from the many days of riding, and look forward to the off-season. However, that was not to be the case, as Israel – Premier Tech were clearly highly motivated to make the Grand Prix de Wallonie a very hard race.

Despite Mason Hollyman making it into the early break of the day, the pace remained high, and he and his breakaway compatriots never got more than thirty seconds on the peloton. From that point, it seemed as though the pace was never ending, with every attack being brought back before another rider dared to counter. One rider was IPT’s Nick Schultz, who was motivated as he was celebrating his birthday. Once Schultz was caught by the peloton, Jakob Fuglsang also rolled the dice with an attack, sticking to the game plan of making the race as hard as possible for the fastest riders in the peloton.

Once the riders got to the final kilometer, Stevie Williams put in a searing attack, taking a select group with him, before Teuns saw his opportunity, and flew from the back of the pack to create a significant gap with just five-hundred meters to go. With a slight hesitation in the pack, it looked as though Teuns had made the winning move, but Serrano managed to dig deep and catch him just before the line.

“The team did a very good job. We raced aggressively from the beginning to make it hard, and we were active in all the moves because we wanted to get the sprinters tired. On the last climb, Jakob and Stevie did a great job of making the pace super hard, and in the end, second place was a good result, but I was also a little disappointed because winning was possible. In the last corner, I just went a bit too fast and had to brake a lot, and lost all my speed, so Serrano managed to get back to my wheel and beat me in the sprint. I gave it everything, so I’m still satisfied to be fighting for the win.”

Naturally, Sports Director Rene Mandri was aiming for the win today, but with the excellent teamwork from the riders, he was very proud of the performance the riders put in.

“The plan was to have a hard race from the beginning and put Dylan in position on the last climb to attack. The riders did very well, as all of them and Dylan launched perfectly timed attacks. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win, but we can be proud of all of them today!”

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Complete results:

201.32 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.806 km/hr

1 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar 4hr 42min 11sec
2 Dylan Teuns Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
3 Jasper De Buyst Lotto Dstny @ 3sec
4 Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
5 Fabio Christen Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
6 Franck Bonnamour Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
7 Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
8 Julien Simon TotalEnergies s.t.
9 Ewen Costiou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
10 Rick Pluimers Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
11 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates s.t.
12 Kamiel Bonneu Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
13 Sebastien Reichenbach Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
14 Nick Schultz Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
15 António Morgado Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
16 Bastien Tronchon Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
17 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
18 Clément Venturini Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
19 Axel Zingle Cofidis s.t.
20 Jordan Labrosse Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
21 Carl Fredrik Hagen Q36.5 Pro Cycling 0:09
22 Marco Tizza Bingoal-WB s.t.
23 Arnaud Démare Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
24 Alessandro Verre Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
25 Jenthe Biermans Arkéa-Samsic 0:14
26 Victor Campenaerts Lotto Dstny 0:15
27 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X 0:18
28 Søren Kragh Andersen Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
29 Stephen Williams Israel-Premier Tech 0:23
30 Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
31 Corey Davis Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
32 Abner González Movistar s.t.
33 Vito Braet Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
34 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
35 Luka Mezgec Jayco-AlUla s.t.
36 Simon Pellaud Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Nans Peters Ag2r-Citroën 0:31
38 Mikkel Bjerg UAE Team Emirates s.t.
39 Maxime Jarnet Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
40 Edvald Boasson Hagen TotalEnergies s.t.
41 Martin Urianstad Bugge Uno-X s.t.
42 Ruben Apers Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
43 Jakob Fuglsang Israel-Premier Tech 0:38
44 Zeb Kyffin Saint Piran s.t.
45 Luca Van Boven Bingoal-WB 0:43
46 Alexander Kristoff Uno-X 0:46
47 Jack Bauer Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
48 Aaron Van Der Beken Bingoal-WB 0:48
49 Jérémy Leveau Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
50 Ryan Gibbons UAE Team Emirates s.t.
51 Célestin Guillon Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
52 Juri Hollmann Movistar s.t.
53 Gage Hecht Human Powered Health s.t.
54 Cyrus Monk Q36.5 Pro Cycling s.t.
55 Axel Laurance Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
56 Niklas Larsen Uno-X s.t.
57 Vegard Stake Laengen UAE Team Emirates s.t.
58 Madis Mihkels Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
59 Alexis Guérin Bingoal-WB s.t.
60 Gijs Van Hoecke Human Powered Health 0:53
61 Gianni Vermeersch Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
62 Alexandre Delettre Cofidis 0: 57
63 Loic Vliegen Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 1:03
64 Brent Van Moer Lotto Dstny s.t.
65 Dylan Vandenstorme Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
66 Elias Maris Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
67 Sandy Dujardin TotalEnergies s.t.
68 Erik Resell Uno-X 1:07
69 Jack Rootkin-Gray Saint Piran s.t.
70 Kamil Malecki Q36.5 Pro Cycling 1:13
71 Tobias Ludvigsson Q36.5 Pro Cycling 1:18
72 Bryan Coquard Cofidis 1:41
73 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
74 Ilan Larmet Cofidis s.t.
75 Michael Vink UAE Team Emirates s.t.
76 Vinicius Rangel Movistar s.t.
77 Jenno Berckmoes Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
78 Henri Uhlig Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
79 Lennert Teugels Bingoal-WB s.t.
80 Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies s.t.
81 Maxime Bouet Arkéa-Samsic 2:05
82 Marco Frigo Israel-Premier Tech 2:24
83 Johan Jacobs Movistar 2:32
84 Robin Froidevaux Tudor Pro Cycling s.t.
85 Alexandre Kess s.t.
86 Kelland O'Brien Jayco-AlUla 2:43
87 August Jensen Human Powered Health 2:46
88 Fabio Van Den Bossche Alpecin-Deceuninck 3:01
89 Mason Hollyman Israel-Premier Tech 3:05
90 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny 3:36
91 Alec Segaert Lotto Dstny s.t.
92 Dion Smith Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 3:47
93 Campbell Stewart Jayco-AlUla s.t.
94 Luke Durbridge Jayco-AlUla s.t.
95 Luca Mozzato Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
96 Sander De Pestel Team Flanders-Baloise 4:05
97 Darren Rafferty Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
98 Gonçalo Tavares Hagens Berman Axeon s.t.
99 Adam Lewis Saint Piran 6:22
100 Petr Kelemen Tudor Pro Cycling 6:45
101 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar s.t.
102 Valentin Paret-Peintre Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
103 Daniel Oss TotalEnergies s.t.
104 Bradley Symonds Saint Piran s.t.
105 Tom Paquot Intermarché-Circus-Wanty 7:39
106 Alexis Renard Cofidis s.t.
107 Pier-André Côté Human Powered Health s.t.
108 Scott McGill Human Powered Health s.t.
109 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
110 Harm Vanhoucke Lotto Dstny 8:10
111 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 9:24
112 Frederik Frison Lotto Dstny 9:33
113 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X s.t.
114 Kasper Andersen Hagens Berman Axeon 10:03
115 Maximilien Juillard Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole 10:07
116 Lluis Mas Movistar 10:19
117 Adam Holm Jørgensen Jayco-AlUla 11:25
118 Kenny Molly Van Rysel-Roubaix-Lille Metropole 12:47
119 Alvaro Hodeg UAE Team Emirates s.t.