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Jan Bakilants stuns Peloton in the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie, overall win for Robert Stannard

Jan Bakilants stuns Peloton in the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie, overall win for Robert Stannard

Wed Jul 27 2022 at 17:48

Jan Bakelants won the race for the first time in six years. The experienced Belgian from Intermarch√©-Wanty-Gobert managed to stay out of the runners’ hands in the final stage of the Tour de Wallonie with a late attack at Chapelle-lez-Herlemont. Robert Stannard, who came very close, sprinted to second and thus secured his overall victory in the Walloon stage race.

Great leadership group
In the inaugural stage, a leading group of sixteen riders in two segments formed. Among them are Edward Theuns (Trek Segafredo), Ben Turner (Inios Grenadiers), yesterday’s winner David Ballerini (Quick Step Alpha Vinyl), Kasper Pedersen (Team DSM), Matthew Trentin (UAE) and top-ranked Dimitri Biskens. (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Chris Lawless and Dries Van Gestel (both from TotalEnergies).

Photo: Cor Vos

The Sixteen Runaways had nearly four minutes before the peloton, with Lotto Soudal retaining control at Arnaud De Lie’s serve. We were looking forward to the hills final with some cobbled sections, five of which were in the last 70 kilometres. There was also a stretch in the middle of the road and Benyam Jermay crashed hard there. He had to give up because of that.

The race exploded in the final. Theon, Turner, Ballerini, Trentin and Van Gestel remained the tallest in the leading group, while the battle for overall victory began at Peloton. 40 km from the end, Di Li crashed, which did not help the cooperation. De Lai had to give up moments later, as did Jeremy.

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Eight makes the final difficult
Sep Vanmarcke and Ben Healy managed to cross from the peloton to Luc Wirtgen, and these three managed to join the five leaders. The eight Runaways started the last 25 kilometers with a difference of one minute and made it very difficult for the peloton. Oier Lazkano tried to jump when the difference was reduced to half a minute and Victor Campanaerts also made an attempt, but they struggled to escape.

Photo: Cor Vos

Lazcano also failed to join the leading group in the last cobbled division. He was caught eight kilometers before the finish and the last of the escapees were also caught not so long ago, although Vanmarque, Trentin, Ballerini and Teunes suffered a little.

Yan Bakilants chooses the right moment
Vanmarcke and Ballerini made a final attack two kilometers before the finish, but were caught in the last kilometer. Baklantis picked the right moment, after which one of his teammates cleverly dropped a pit. The crowd started running too late, so Bakelants took the victory stage.

Robert Stannard came close to Bucklants, but had to take second place in the daily score. He stayed ahead of Axel Lawrence and Thibaut Ness. On the other hand, Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck) had a lot to celebrate, as this second place secured his victory in the final standings. Loic Vliegen finished second in the final standings, 10 seconds behind Stannard. Matthias Skjelmos finished third, 12 seconds behind the overall winner.

Photo: Cor Vos