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by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie; Benatti wins Tour of Denmark, stage 1; UCI finds no evidence of motor usage at Tour de France; Analysis: What can pro cycling learn from the IOC’s handling of whistleblowers?; Gilbert to Etixx-QuickStep?; Nibali responds to critics ahead of Olympics; Bahrain Cycling Team moving forward; Iranian women arrested for cycling in public; German broadcaster ARD uncertain about future Tour coverage; Raleigh increases prices by 10 percent after Brexit; Man who knocked cyclist off bike and choked him spared criminal record; Cast members from ‘American Flyers’ to appear at Interbike awards; Five Thirty Eight podcast discusses Team Sky dominance; Wiggle-High5 at La Course; Real Team Sky meets Mini Team Sky; Questionable course design at Tour of Denmark

Late-stage attack gives Devenyns overall victory in Tour de Wallonie

by Mark Zalewski

IAM Cycling continues to impress even as the team itself rides into the sunset, as it will close its doors at the end of the year. This time it was Dries Devenyns mounting a solo attack in the closing kilometres of the final stage at the Tour de Wallonie to take both the stage win and the overall victory.

“I am very happy, I couldn’t do any more. The team did great work in the final kilometres. I attacked in the final. A few days ago I didn’t feel I had enough to win here.”

Both Cofidis and IAM Cycling pushed the tempo during the final kilometres of the stage, as the rolling parcours took a bite out of the peloton, and put pressure race leader Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quickstep).

Devenyns attacked on a long uphill inside 3km to go, putting Meersman into initial difficulty and blowing up the race. Meersman’s teammate Matteo Trentin rode to the front and set a steady tempo, trying to bring his leader back onto terms.

Cresting the top with 2km to go Devenyns had a small gap of 13 seconds, seeking the 10 second bonus on the line that could put him into the final overall lead. The long drag to the line was excruciating, both to ride and to watch, with a slight rise in the end. Though he was clear of Meersman’s group, another group of five was closing fast. But Devenyns was able to muster just enough to make it to the line by half a bike-length, ahead of Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) and Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) in a dramatic finish and taking the lead away from Meersman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXu8MVATM3k

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Wednesday 27th July 2016

1. be
DEVENYNS Dries
IAM Cycling
22:02:48
2. be
MEERSMAN Gianni
Etixx - Quick Step
0:05
3. ru
KUZNETSOV Viacheslav
Team Katusha
0:06

Today’s feature image comes from La Course.

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