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Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:07

Tim Wellens showed his incredible climbing skills during the fifth stage at Tour de Pologne. He finished off a stunning solo of 45 kilometres. The 25-year old Belgian obtained his third victory of the season, therefore Lotto Soudal already won fifteen races in 2016.

The breakaway wasn’t formed immediately as the opening of the stage was very hectic and the weather was really bad. Eventually, eighteen riders managed to go clear from the peloton, Sander Armée and Tim Wellens were part of it. Not long after that, Armée was reeled in by the peloton along with several other riders. A few moments later, a lot of attempts were made in the front group.  Wellens took initiative and tried to get away. At 45 kilometres from the finish, Wellens accelerated again and this time he managed to drop his co escapees. What followed was a huge effort. No one was able to close the gap to the very strong Wellens and he won the stage. Thanks to this performance, the Belgian rider is also the new leader on GC. Tiesj Benoot finished nicely third and he’s also third on GC at 4’50” of Wellens. Lotto Soudal finished with four riders in the top twenty of the stage; an excellent performance.

 

Tim Wellens: “It was a very spectacular day today. After twenty kilometres, the race was neutralized for a moment because of a big crash took place. The weather conditions were very bad the whole day so the road was slippery and dangerous. Luckily, I was saved from the misfortune. After the neutralization, many attempts to set up a break occurred. At a certain moment, a decided to join a break together with Sander Armée. In my opinion, it was good to be in a break because there wasn’t a particular team that controlled the race. I thought that we might have a chance to remain ahead. Sander did a lot of work in the front group, therefore I was able to sit back a bit.”

 

“Eventually, the front group consisted out of thirteen riders. After that, I decided to attack as the peloton almost closed the gap to the front of the race. Firstly, a few other riders joined me but a few kilometres later I accelerated again and then I was on my own. I was able to increase the lead steadily and I managed to win the stage. I’m very happy that I won I such a nice way. It’s true that I like this kind of weather, but after the finish I was cold and I had to warm up a bit. Because of this performance, I have a chance to win this year’s Tour de Pologne. But it will be another two hard days in the saddle. Tomorrow’s stage contains five laps with three climbs each so it will be a difficult stage. We have a very strong team, we can ride aggressively and that’s exactly what we’re going to try. Also the closing time trial suits me. I was very motivated to show myself in this Tour de Pologne and to aim for a good position on GC. This is a nice race with several possible outcomes. The race isn’t controlled by a specific team and I like that kind of races.”

 

 Tim Wellens

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:15
 
 

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