Wellens takes Guangxi lead; Van der Poel solos in Koksijde: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

October 23, 2017

Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead; Canola makes history with back-to-back wins at Japan Cup races; Van der Poel solos to victory at Koksijde World Cup; Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win; Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland; Moped drove over Bakelants’ legs after 11 fractured bones at Lombardia; Tour de L’Ardeche winner Lucy Kennedy signs with Orica-Scott; Video: Tacks sprinkled across race course at Tour of Guangxi.

Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead

by Matt de Neef

NONGLA, China (CT) – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) has taken control of the inaugural Tour of Guangxi, winning the race’s queen stage and propelling himself into the overall lead. The Belgian attacked on the stage-ending 3km climb with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Roche (BMC) for company. The trio finished stage 4 in that order and now occupy the top three positions on the general classification.

The early running was made by a four-rider group that got clear after little more than 10km: Pavel Kotchekov (Katusha-Alpecin), Victor Campenaerts (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb) and Antonio Molina (Caja Rural-Seguros). The quartet’s lead grew to 7:30 after 60km of racing as BMC, QuickStep Floors and Astana led the peloton and started to bring the leaders back.

Campanaerts took a late flyer from the break with 10km to go but he and his former companions were soon caught. A crash with 5km to go brought down roughly 20 riders as the final climb loomed.

“Of course I’m super happy. Today was my turn and it went really good,” Wellens said. “In the beginning I didn’t have super-super legs but the whole team stayed with me and gave me extra motivation and confidence. At the final climb I had super-super-good legs.

“Before the stage I said today would [decide] the classification, so I hope I’m right and I can keep the lead. I think tomorrow will also be a hard stage but to gain seconds with the finish on the flat it’s not so easy.”

Stage 4: Nanning > Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot - Stage Result

Sunday 22nd October 2017

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Lotto Soudal
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Trek - Segafredo
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ROCHE Nicolas
BMC Racing Team