Aug 25, 2023 at 4:49 PM Update: 4 minutes ago
Mike Teunissen won the queen stage of the Renewi Tour in an impressive way on Friday. The Dutchman crossed the finish line solo in the Belgian Geraardsbergen in the loaded third stage after a late breakaway.
The hilly stage through the Flemish Ardennes was overshadowed by the death of the Belgian cycling talent Tijl De Decker. The Lotto Dstny rider died on Friday at the age of 22 after a serious training accident last Wednesday.
In the final of the queen stage, Lotto Dstny riders Arnaud De Lie and Florian Vermeersch attacked, but without success. At 5 kilometers from the finish Marc Hirschi placed a gear, on which the two Belgians had to adjust.
Hirschi then rode in a group with Teunissen to the finish in Geraardsbergen. The Dutchman placed the gear with a good kilometer to go, to which his fellow escapees had no answer. Teunissen thus gives himself a nice birthday present: the Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rider turned 31 on Friday.
Behind Teunissen, the Belgian Tim Wellens and the French Axel Zingle crossed the line in second and third. Wellens takes over the lead in the general classification from Britain’s Joshua Tarling, who won Thursday’s time trial.
The Renewi Tour, formerly known as the Eneco Tour and BinckBank Tour, continues on Saturday with a flat ride from Beringen to Peer. The stage race through Belgium and the Netherlands will last until Sunday.
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Belgian cycling talent Tijl De Decker (22) died after a collision during training
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