At just 22 years old, Maxim won his first professional race in the first race of the season.
"Yesterday I won my first professional cycling race and today I'm already wearing the leader's jersey. It really gives me a special feeling," said a smiling Maxim Van Gils. "The past week has really been a wonderful experience. That's why I want to thank the whole team for their support and for helping me get this victory, without them it wouldn't have been possible. The last stage was not easy, we had to exert force on the pedals all day. Again, Thomas De Gendt did an incredible job controlling the early breakaway. Now it's time to rest before preparing the next races. We will see what they have in store for us, but at Lotto Soudal we are of course always aiming for victory."