Debusschere wins GP de Wallonie

Bakelants take second

Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) soloed to victory in Namur during a rain-soaked Grand Prix de Wallonie. Debusschere attacked just outside the one kilometre to go banner, dropping his breakaway companions to win by a handful of seconds. A very disappointed Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale) won the sprint behind for second with Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) taking third.

It was a wet and wild day for the peloton as the rain hammered down. The deluge meant some slippery roads and there were numerous crashes early on. One of the victims was Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), who is on the comeback trail since crashing out of the Tour de France. Fortunately for the Frenchman, he was able to continue this time.

The heavy rain and crashes made it difficult for a break to form and it wasn’t until after 40 kilometres ridden that five men managed to make it away. The fantastic five were Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Dieter Bouvry (Roubaix Lille Métropole), Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Christophe Premont (Verandas Willems Cycling Team), Thomas Wertz (Wallonie – Bruxelles). The peloton were wise to them and their advantage maxed out at just under two minutes.

With 50 kilometres still to run they had a miserly 10 seconds over the chasing pack. That briefly stretched out when Van Melsen was caught but their day was done just two kilometres later. Almost the instant the remaining escapes were brought back the attacks started flying off the front. BMC’s Michael Schär was one of the key instigators and took several riders with him on one particular move.

Most of the attacks were given little more than a 10-second advantage but the high pace strung the group out and began shedding exhausted riders off the back. With 15 kilometres to go there were around 20 riders remaining in the so-called peloton. The attacks continued to fly and eventually the elastic snapped with nine riders breaking free. Etixx-QuickStep were one of the few to miss out as most of the remaining teams managed to put a man up front.

Laporte, Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Thibaut Pinot and Arthur Vichot (both FDJ), Bakelants, Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal), Debusschere, Franck Bonnamour (Bretagne-Séché Environment) and Gäetan Bille (Verandas Willems) were the riders at the head of affairs.

With multiple riders in the move, Lotto-Soudal and FDJ set about animating the remainder of the race and set a couple of speculative attacks off the front. The attacks looked like they had some riders on the ropes but they remained together as they approached the final cobbled climb into Namur.

Cofidis set the pace on the small rise they had no response when Debusschere went just outside the final kilometre. Debusschere threw a couple of looks over his shoulder to see where the chasers where but they took too long to organise and he had plenty of time to celebrate. Bakelants, who had been very active in the final 25 kilometres, thumped his handlebars as he crossed the line for second with Laporte coming over in third.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal4:57:37 
2Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06 
3Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:07 
4Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
5Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:08 
6Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:10 
7Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:12 
8Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
9Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:26 
10Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:43 
11Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
12Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14Olivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
15Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
16Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:46 
17Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
19Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:49 
20Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:52 
21Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
22Laurens De Plus (Bel) Belgium0:00:54 
23Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:01:04 
24Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:07 
25Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:21 
26Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:35 
27Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
28Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:41 
29Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:58 
30Martijn Degreve (Bel) Team 3M0:02:04 
31Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Belgium  
32Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
33Aime De Gendt (Bel) Belgium0:02:06 
34Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:35 
35Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
36Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Team 3M  
37Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
38Nicolas Mertz (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
39Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:36 
40Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:49 
41Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:04:45 
42Francis Mourey (Fra)  
43Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek Factory Racing0:04:52 
44Tom Bosmans (Bel) Belgium0:05:05 
45Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Team 3M  
46Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Belgium0:05:09 
47Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Belgium  
48Antoine Loy (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
49Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
50Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:11 
51Julien Van Den (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi0:06:15 
52David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:06:58 
53Antoine Didier (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:07:38 
54Sebastien Carabin (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:07:51 
55Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:08:21 
56Justin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
57Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
58Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
59Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
60Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
61Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Soudal  
63Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
64Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
65Jeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
66Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
67Dries De Bondt (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
68Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
69Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
70Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
71Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
72Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Florent Delfosse (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
74Daan Myngheer (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
75Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
76Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
77Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
78Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
79Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
80Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:09:26 
81Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:54 
82Julien Kaise (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
83Maximilien Picoux (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
84Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
85Christophe Premont (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
86Marc Fournier (Fra)  
87Thomas Wertz (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
88Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
89Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
90Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
92Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
93François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
95Niels De Rooze (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
96Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
97Remy Mertz (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
98Elias Van (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:11:13 
99Guillaume Haag (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon0:11:39 
100Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:11:45 
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFWaile Kahkahy (Mar) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFMartial Roman (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFTim Vanspeybroeck (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFJelle Goderis (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFAntoine Leleu (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Belgium  
DNFSteff Cras (Bel) Belgium  
DNFBjörn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRomain Barroso (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTom Galle (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
DNFMartin Palm (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
DNFJimmy Duquennoy (Bel) Color Code - Aquality Protect  
DNFJulien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDieter Bouvry (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRomain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFTom Armstrong (GBr) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFBastien Kroonen (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFClaudio Catania (Ita) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
DNFGertjan De Vos (Bel) Team 3M  
DNFEduard Alexander (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFFelix Grosschartner (Aut) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFKristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFBen Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFPierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFPetr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFPieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra)  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra)  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra)  
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra)  
DNSRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNSChristophe Sleurs (Bel) Team 3M  
DNSEmiel Vermeulen (Bel) Team 3M  

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