CyclingJust like last year, it turns out that Dauphiné’s first stage was a Belgian party. Brent Van Muyer concluded a long journey alone and particularly handsome. As the icing on the cake, the Lotto Soudal contestant is also the leader in number one.
Primuz Rogelec and Tadij Bojacar are missing from Dauphiné’s list of participants, but it remains the ultimate test of the Tour de France. Geraint Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Nairo Quintana, among others, put the finishing touches to their readiness for the tour. Woot van Ayrt – who won the inaugural stage last year – is non-existent, having struggled with a training delay after having surgery in the appendix.
Then to the race. In the initial stage, a pioneering group of four set off. Belgian One: Brent Van Muir. Our compatriot took revenge, because he was wrongly dispatched last Monday as captain of the last kilometer during the Limburg tour.
They didn’t let him do that this time. Van Muir soon proved to be the strongest of the leading group in the Hillside Final. INEOS set speed in the peloton, but they hardly made any ground on the super powerful Van Moer. Fast lotto driver Soudal withstood at home and scored his first professional victory. Plus, he’ll be starting Stage Two tomorrow with the Yellow Leader’s shirt around his shoulders.
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Van Moer: “I wanted to show that I could finish such a solo”
Brent Van Moer was still in the bag and ashes after the Limbrug tour, but today Waaslander is king in Dauphiné. “I was very disappointed last week. There also I drove a good solo car, but I had a lot of bad luck. Today I wanted to show that I can finish such a solo. I am happy that I can do it among all the big names in a great race like Dauphiné. Plan today.” To be on the run and hope there are good names. In the end I felt really good and then went on my own (laughs) ”
“New Thomas de enlisted”
Thomas de Enlist was also impressed by his teammate’s Lotto Soudal achievement. “I heard it here for the first time. Brent van Muir is the new Thomas de enlisted,” he joked on Twitter.
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