Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Wallonie, sprinting to victory from a small group. Pieter Serry (Quickstep-Floors) finished in 2nd place and Quentin Pacher (Vital-Concept) took 3rd.
The 2nd stage of the Tour de Wallonie got off to a subdued start with just 2 riders forming the early break of the day. The peloton had the break under control until Team Dimension Data decided to set the race alight when Lachlan Morton attacked the main field and bridged to the 2 leaders with 45km to go.
The peloton reacted to Morton’s attack and picked up the pace as we approached the final 3 climbs of the stage, in the final 25km’s. As Morton attack was brought back on the first of the 3 climbs, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier counter-attacked with Wellens and Serry, 11 more riders were able to bridge across to the 3 leaders just before starting the final climb of the stage, that peaked with 4km to go.
Our young Eritrean neo-pro was clearly on a good day as he led over the top of the final climb and tried to push the pace on the final descent. Unfortunately, with 1km to go, Ghebreigzabhier crashed in the descent to the line and had to watch a possible stage win ride away from him, as he picked himself up to complete the stage.
Gino Van Oudenhove – Sport Director
We had a good plan today but you need the riders to execute it first, which was something they did very well today. We were there when the big guns fired off in the final. Especially Amanuel, he was going pretty strong and on his way to achieve a top place in a select group with riders like Aru, Wellens and Serry. Unfortunately he touched the back wheel of another rider in the final kilometers and crashed. Fortunately though, he is not injured and he didn’t loose time.