Loïc Vliegen takes overall victory in Tour de Wallonie: I hope I can continue this success!
Aug 01 2019 05:30 am CET

Loïc Vliegen takes overall victory in Tour de Wallonie: I hope I can continue this success!
Loïc Vliegen takes overall victory in Tour de Wallonie: I hope I can continue this success!
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Wanty-Gobert's Loïc Vliegen has taken the overall victory of the Tour de Wallonie after leading the general classification from the second stage.

The Belgian rider celebrated his first overall victory as a professional after taking the stage win at the second day of competition and successfully defending it for the next three stages, in which his Wanty-Gobert's teammates also played a key role.

"I cherish a lot of memories from the junior and U23 categories, but this is the first time I celebrate as a pro rider," Vliegen commented at the end of the race. "This victory in the Tour de Wallonie is very important for me, as a Belgian and Walloon rider, and for the team and the sponsors. I rapidly set my sights on this TRW after a short disappointment about my non-selection for the Tour de France.

"They've chosen the best strategy, this is good for the team! Our solid collective permitted us to take the win. We all suffered this week, and we gave even more than other riders by defending the yellow jersey. The atmosphere in the team was special, I don't only win for myself, but also for my teammates and all staff members. I'm happy to be part of Wanty-Gobert! I'm in good form for more than one month, and I concretized my ambitions this week. Very often they say a first victory is a trigger to make it 'easier'... I hope I can continue this success!"









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