Van Avermaet wins GP de Wallonie

BMC racer triumphs at the Citadel over Gallopin, Bakelants

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet upped his odds for the world championships with a perfectly executed victory at the Tour de Wallonie on Wednesday. The Belgian bested Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) and Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) to win at the citadel of Namur.

"I am really happy with this result because it gives me a good feeling going toward the worlds," Van Avermaet said. "It is always hard to do this race after Canada, but it is one of the nice races at the end of the year in Belgium. So it is always worth it. I was already good in Canada, but my sprint was never really great there. Today, everything went perfectly."

After spending the last week in Canada for the WorldTour races in Quebec and Montreal where the best he could do was fifth, Van Avermaet had only just returned to Belgium but dove right in at the Tour de Wallonie.

He joined Bakelants, Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) on an attack in the final 20km, then waited as Bakelants attacked repeatedly. "I was pretty strong and I was confident to keep it all together for my sprint because I felt I was fastest of the group," Van Avermaet said. "But with the attacks, it always slowed down again and the peloton was coming back. So it was a little bit tricky."

Gallopin made it two fast men when he bridged with only 300m to go, but the effort cost the young Frenchman, and he could not match Van Avermaet and settled for second, with Bakelants rounding out the podium.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team4:47:17 
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol0:00:02 
3Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
4Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:04 
5Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:06 
6Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
7Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:08 
10Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:09 
11Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
12Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:13 
15Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:21 
16Oliver Naesen (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:23 
17Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:24 
18Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
19Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra)  
20Floris De Tier (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
21Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
22Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
23Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
24Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
25Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:31 
26Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:44 
27Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:56 
28Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:08 
29Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:28 
30Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems0:01:51 
31Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:22 
32Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:50 
33Sebastien Carabin (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:04:09 
34Antoine Warnier (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:04:11 
35Olivier Le Gac (Fra)  
36Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:15 
37Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:45 
38Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
39Thomas Wertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze0:05:33 
40Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
41Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
42Bob Schoonbroodt (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini0:05:45 
43Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:06:11 
44Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
45Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
46Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
48Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
49Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
50Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
51Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
52Sten Van Gucht (Bel) Verandas Willems  
53Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
54Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
55Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo  
56Gaëtan Pons (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
57Willem Wauters (Bel) Verandas Willems  
58Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
59Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
60Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
61Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
62Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
63Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
65François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Clement Chevrier (Fra) Trek Factory Racing  
67Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
69Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
70Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
71Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
73Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
75Tom Goovaerts (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
76Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
77Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
78Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:12:03 
79Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
80Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
81Dieter Bouvry (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
82Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
83Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
84Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
85Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
86Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
87Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo  
88Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
89Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
90Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
91Aimé Degendt (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
92Joachim Vanreyten (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:15:21 
93Andrew Ydens (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
94Jean-Albert Carnevali (Bel) Verandas Willems  
95Marc Sarreau (Fra)  
96Rick Ottema (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini0:18:20 
97Guillaume Martin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:18:49 
98Tom Vessey (NZl) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:18:52 
99Louis Convens (Bel) Verandas Willems0:19:10 
OTLAndrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:25:35 
OTLGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
OTLLuke Davison (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
OTLMichael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
OTLFabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
OTLChetout Loic (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
OTLThomas Deruette (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
OTLGuillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
OTLAlexandre Seny (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
OTLGlenn Vandemaele (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
OTLMaxime Vekeman (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
OTLFrancesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
OTLHamish Schreurs (NZl) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
OTLEmiel Wastyn (Bel) Verandas Willems  
OTLJef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFIljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFYannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra)  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra)  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra)  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra)  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra)  
DNFBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFBenjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFClément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFEdwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFTim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFNico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJulien Kaise (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFTom Galle (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFJerome Kerf (Bel) Color Code - Biowanze  
DNFDylan Kowalski (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFThomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Ltu) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFWouter Mol (Ned) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFAlessandro Soenens (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFRudy Rouet (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFJulien Deschesne (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBaptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFFranck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJonathan Baratto (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFMaxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
DNFQuentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
DNFNicolas Mertz (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFFrederik Vandewiele (Bel) Veranclassic - Doltcini  
DNFLoic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  


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