Straight through the Hageland: One and two for Alpecin - Fenix, nine flat tires for Quick.Step

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The Dutchman Oscar Riesebeek (29) had exactly one second left on team mate Gianni Vermeersch on Saturday at the Citadel of Diest and thus booked his first professional victory ever.

The number three, Florian Sénéchal, had a puncture in the last hectometres, one of the nine punctures for the Quick.Step – Alpha Vinyl riders.

The loss of Riesebeek came after a flight of four, with Lotto team mates Vermeersch and Wellens, under the impulse of Arkéa – Samsic was caught. The prize of the fighting spirit went to Tim Wellens, who also reacted for the first time to his departure from Lotto Soudal.

“I’m still very happy with the team,” Wellens opened. “But maybe I’m just too happy with this team. Maybe I’ve been too spoiled. That is why I was looking for a new challenge.”

Wellens does not point the finger at anyone.

“Maybe next year I will come to the conclusion that it wasn’t so bad at Lotto,” it sounds. “But I know why I made this choice. I’ve always been a very loyal rider, someone who doesn’t want to change teams every year. That made it a difficult decision.”

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