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Second consecutive stage win for Ewan at Belgium Tour

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One day after Caleb Ewan’s stage win in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, the Australian once again took the day’s honours for Lotto Soudal at the Belgium Tour. Against all odds, a reduced bunch sprinted for victory in what was marked as the queen stage in and around Hamoir. Following another impressive lead-out by Lotto Soudal, Caleb Ewan finished the job perfectly. The Australian won the sprint with a considerable margin over Bryan Coquard and Davide Ballerini. Ewan also took over the points jersey from Remco Evenepoel, who remains the overall leader. “To be honest, I didn’t really believe in a stage victory before the start”, begins Caleb Ewan. “I expected that the GC guys would take their opportunity today and that there would be a lot of attacks. But the pace was kept really high all day long and I think a lot of the guys didn’t really have the legs to get away in the end. It was only with one lap to go that I really started to believe in it. I felt good and we decided that we would give it a go. That is why you started seeing us coming to the front to chase the breakaway. I am really happy to pull it off once again after a superb job by my team today.” After a run-up that included several ascents – one of which the infamous Mur de Huy – two local laps of around 30 kilometres were covered in and around Hamoir. The pace was held high and the peloton was thinned out as the riders headed closer to the finish. Despite several attacks, no one was able to carve out a considerable gap. In the very final of the race, the riders were confronted with several climbs, where the peloton was completely strung out. Caleb Ewan got a little distanced, but thanks to impec...

Caleb Ewan sprints to 50th pro win at Belgium Tour

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Caleb Ewan has won the third stage at the Baloise Belgium Tour after an impressive team effort. On a slightly uphill finish in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, the Australian launched a strong sprint after what was an impressive lead-out from his Lotto Soudal teammates. Ewan won ahead of Pascal Ackermann and Michael Mørkøv. For the 26-year-old Ewan, it’s the 50th professional victory of his career. “I am really impressed by what my teammates did today”, starts Caleb Ewan. “They brought me into a perfect position before that final climb and at the top, we were all together. Then they basically pulled into the headwind all the way to the finish and no one came around us. I think we were only with four guys left as we had to use a few more teammates than we wanted to chase the breakaway and that’s what makes it even more impressive.” From the start of the stage, Lotto Soudal – together with several other sprint teams – immediately took control of the race. An early breakaway of five was kept in check and eventually caught at a handful kilometres from the finish. With an impressive lead-out, Caleb Ewan was brought into a perfect position towards the slightly uphill finish, which suited the Australian perfectly. Ewan finished off the work of his teammates with a powerful kick to the line. Caleb Ewan: “I am really lucky to have such strong and smart teammates. We’ve integrated Tosh Van der Sande and Harry Sweeny in the lead-out as well, a first time at the UAE Tour and now here again and I think that was maybe what we were missing a little, those two guys in front of Jasper and Roger. Although it had been months since we’ve all raced together and did a spri...

Andreas Kron delivers Lotto Soudal second victory of the day at Tour de Suisse

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Andreas Kron was awarded stage six of the Tour de Suisse after former world champion Rui Costa was relegated. Rui Costa crossed the line first but Lotto Soudal’s Andreas Kron protested after Costa changed his line in the sprint and denied Kron the chance to sprint for the win. After race officials looked at the race footage, Kron was handed the stage win. “I also saw the sprint footage in the truck at the finish line and the decision of the jury is right”, begins Andreas Kron. “We started the sprint on the right and ended up on the left. Both Rui and me think that we were the strongest. That’s fair. In a regular sprint we could have found out. I trust the jury and I’m the winner. I’m happy for that.” For Andreas Kron it is his second WorldTour victory of the season in his first season being part of a WorldTeam. Earlier this year, the young Dane won the Volta a Catalunya opening stage. “It just feels amazing. What a start. If you would have told me this in the beginning of the season I would never have believed it. I was born in 1998. Apparently a good year, as also riders like Hirschi and Pogačar are from ‘98. I need to keep up with them…” In stage six of the Tour de Suisse, a 130-kilometre test from Andermatt to Disentis, the riders had to tackle three major climbs. On the final climb of the day, first Rui Costa and Hermann Pernsteiner bridged to De La Cruz, who attacked from a big breakaway group - which also included Andreas Kron – at 45 kilometres from the finish. With five kilometres to go Andreas Kron joined Costa and Pernsteiner at the front. A three-man sprint would decide the stage. Although Costa crossed the line in first place, ...

Brent Van Moer wins the 1st stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné

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Brent Van Moer put on a serious show in the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The 23-year-old Lotto Soudal rider went on the attack immediately after the start, left his breakaway companions behind at 15 kilometres from the finish, held off the reduced bunch and soloed to a fantastic first professional victory. By winning the opening stage, the Lotto Soudal rider is also the first leader of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Besides, Van Moer realised a clean sweep as he also took the mountain, points and young rider’s jersey! “I almost can’t believe it. My first professional victory and immediately in this way and with the leader’s jersey on top of it…”, begins an emotional Brent Van Moer. “After what happened at the Ronde van Limburg, where I was about to fight for my first pro victory but got sent into the wrong way at the end, I was really disappointed but I immediately shifted focus towards the Dauphiné and I was really eager to show that I am able to finish off a race. The fact that I can already do this at the Dauphiné, amongst this strong field of riders, is just fantastic. What a difference compared to last year, when I was also part of the early breakaway but had to abandon the race due to a crash. It is really special to be now wearing the yellow jersey.” Almost immediately after the start in Issoire, Brent Van Moer went on the attack together with Gamper, Gautier and Garrison. The four-man breakaway was never granted lots of advantage as the sprint teams set a strong pace at the front of the bunch. Garrison had to let go already early in the race, leaving Van Moer with only two breakaway companions at the front. In the tough opening...

Thomas De Gendt takes memorable fifth stage win at Volta a Catalunya

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Thomas De Gendt has struck once more. The Lotto Soudal rider rode to a memorable victory in the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya. During the final lap of the local circuit – around the famous Montjuïc hill in Barcelona - De Gendt left behind his breakaway companion Mohorič and soloed to victory. For the 34-year-old Belgian, it was the fifth stage victory of his career at the Volta a Catalunya. "I really like the Volta a Catalunya and with five stage victories under my belt, the race seems to suit me really well", Thomas De Gendt began. “I just like the terrain and the variety of stages. I was really disappointed that the race couldn't take place last year due to the known circumstances. Fortunately, I'm back this year and I could grab another stage win. It is my ninth participation in this stage race and I am successful on almost every occasion. So you can state that the Volta a Catalunya really is a race made for me.” Thomas De Gendt also knew the final stage all too well because back in 2013, it was in Barcelona that the Lotto Soudal rider already took his first stage victory at the Volta a Catalunya. "In 2013, I also won the closing stage and it feels really special to win in an iconic city like Barcelona. I have to admit that I didn't feel great the first few days into the stage race, but the past days, I could definitely feel some improvement. It turned out that I had a really good day today and that resulted in this nice stage win", Thomas De Gendt said. Following several attempts in the beginning of the race, a large front group of over thirty riders finally formed. Not long after Thomas De Gendt and his breakaway companions reached the local ci...

First success of this season for Caleb Ewan in Abu Dhabi

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Lotto Soudal rider Caleb Ewan won the final stage of the UAE Tour. The 26-year-old Australian claimed his first victory of the season after a stage promised to the sprinters. “We came to the UAE Tour to win a stage and it’s fantastic to achieve that goal after this last day. My previous sprints weren't the best so I was under a bit of pressure today, ”begins Caleb Ewan. This final stage of the UAE Tour was once again marked by the risk of breakages. About 60 kilometers from the line, a large group including Caleb Ewan, Tosh Van der Sande and Jasper De Buyst broke away but the peloton quickly ended their attempt. As expected, the victory was going to be played out in the sprint in Abu Dhabi. In a hectic sprint, Lotto Soudal chose the right moment to launch Caleb Ewan. With powerful acceleration, Ewan won ahead of Bennett, second, and Bauhaus, 3rd. “The team did everything to put me in the best possible position. So I was still fresh in the final and that's what it took to be able to win today, I think. I didn’t try to follow Bennett’s wheel, we both relied on our teammates to make the best lead out possible. Maybe Kluge started a little too late and we almost got locked up. So I left earlier than expected because I saw Bennett come up to the right. Fortunately there was still enough room to fit me in because it was the only way out. I finally got to start my sprint in time to finish the job. " This first victory of the season is a real relief for the Australian. “I've never waited this long to get my first win of the season. It’s a relief to be able to enter the season in Europe with a first success on the clock. I hope this is just the start...

Étoile de bessèges : Tim Wellens Final winner

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Tim Wellens didn't let the final victory slip away in the Étoile de Bessèges time trial. Obviously very fit at the start of the season, the Trudonnaire even finished fourth in the stage. His very good performance allowed him to extend his lead by a few seconds in the general classification.As yesterday, the stage victory went to Italy’s Filippo Ganna. Michal Kwiatkowski and Nils Politt accompany Wellens on the final podium. The last stage was contested in the form of an individual 10 kilometer time-lapse with a finish perched at the top of a final difficulty. Early in the day, Briton Ethan Hayter set a very good first benchmark time with a time of 15’21 ’’. But the victory was promised to his teammate Ganna who covered ten kilometers in 15 minutes exactly. This is the second success in a row for the world time trial champion. Tim Wellens, the starting leader at Alès, started last to defend his 45 ’lead over his closest rivals. Wellens struggled to finish fourth on the day, 29 ’’ behind Ganna. A performance that also saw him relegate Kwiatkowski to 53 ’’ in the final standings. Tim wellens “This final victory was largely achieved at the end of the 3rd stage. To start the final stopwatch with more than 40 seconds in advance was quite comfortable. This morning already, I felt that I had good legs, but I was above all very motivated. You should know that Vic Swerts, founder and owner of Soudal, is celebrating his 81st birthday today and I wanted to give him this gift. This time suited me very well. I developed an average power greater than planned and I was finally able to clinch the final victory. The fact of having recognized the course before th...

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