Albert repeats at Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne

For the third time in his career and the second year running, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) has won the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne. Albert's teammate Marcel Meisen finished second at six seconds while Gerben de Knegt (Orange Babies Cycling Team) won the sprint for third place, 26 seconds behind Albert.

Meisen was the early aggressor for BKCP-Powerplus and after approximately half the race was complete the German rode alone in the lead, albeit kept on a relatively tight leash. Reigning world champion Niels Albert then jumped from the chase group and bridged to Meisen alone.

On the penultimate lap the chasers were getting uncomfortably close to the leading BKCP-Powerplus duo, so Albert upped the pace to ensure they wouldn't be caught. Meisen, however, couldn't keep up with Albert but managed to hold on to second place on the day as the chasers became more concerned with the final podium position on the last lap than catching the German.

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Full Results
1Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus1:03:24
2Marcel Meisen (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:06
3Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:00:26
4Aurelien Duval (Fra) UV Aube0:00:27
5Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:00:28
6Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:30
7Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:00:35
8Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:00:43
9Jonathan Page (USA)0:00:45
10Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP - Powerplus0:00:47
11Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco0:01:07
12Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Sunweb-Revor0:01:32
13Thijs Al (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:02:17
14Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus0:02:33
15Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Stef Boden (Bel) Sunweb-RevorRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dany Lacroix (Bel)0:02:39
18Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet - Fidea0:02:46
19Ritchie Denolf (Bel)0:03:22
20Gianni Denolf (Bel) Cyclingchamps0:03:24
21Alexander Revell (NZl) Revolution Bicycles0:03:36
22Marco Bianco (Ita)0:04:52
23Quentin Bertholet (Bel)0:06:05
24Ludovic Vande Velde (Bel)Row 23 - Cell 2

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