Wellens says blocking move by Lampaert cost him Tour of Belgium victory

BERINGEN BELGIUM JUNE 19 LR Race winner Mauro Schmid of Switzerland and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl blue leader jersey and Tim Wellens of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal second place celebrate winning the on the podium ceremony after the 91st Baloise Belgium Tour 2022 Stage 5 a 1799km stage from Gingelom to Beringen BaloiseBelgiumTour on June 19 2022 in Beringen Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Mauro Schmid of Lotto Soudal (left) congratulates Tim Wellens of Lotto Soudal, who finished a split of a second back as runner up in five-day stage race (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Only a fraction of a second separated Mauro Schmid (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), wearing the blue leader’s jersey, and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) as the duo headed into the fifth and final day of racing at the Baloise Belgium Tour to decide the overall winner. Pivotal across the 179.9km route from Gingelom to Beringen was the final Golden Kilometre sprint, but a controversial move by one of Schmid’s teammates, Yves Lampaert, disrupted the expected head-to-head matchup.

Wellens grabbed the first three seconds at the front, which gave him the provisional race lead. Schmid then followed with a pair of seconds at the next two sprints, putting him back in the lead. Behind, Wellens was shut out due to what appeared on television cameras to be Lampaert blocking his progress, not once but twice. On the third sprint point Lampaert could be seen leaning over and bumping Wellens on the shoulder. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).