Tim Wellens goes solo to win GP de Wallonie
Sep 13 2017 06:47 pm CET

Tim Wellens goes solo to win GP de Wallonie

Belgian Tim Wellens has won the 2017 GP de Wallonie. The Lotto Soudal rider finished solo ahead of teammate Tony Gallopin.

Starting in Chaudfontaine and finishing at the Citadel of Namur, the course of the Belgian 1.1 race was 212.1 kilometers long and a good opportunity for those specializing in hilly races.

A group of seven riders broke away from the pack in the opening kilometers but was reeled back in with 52 kilometers to go.

A lead group of eight was eventually formed once the wind had split the peloton into several pieces. Attacks occurred in this group but it wasn't until Wellens launched a powerful effort with 16 kilometers to go that the race appeared to have been decided.

In the remaining kilometers, Wellens gained 1'22" on the chase group to take the victory and succeed teammate Gallopin, who finished second ahead of Cofidis rider Julien Simon.
Photo of Tim Wellens (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal


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