Belgian Tim Wellens won the Etoile de Besseges cycling race after Filippo Ganna took Sunday’s closing time trial, ending a five-year French stranglehold on the event. Wellens, who rides for the Lotto-Soudal team, topped the closing overall standings by 53 seconds from Ineos’ Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski.
Time-trial world champion Ganna, also with Ineos, took the 10.7 kilometer fifth stage honors around the streets of Ales in the Gard region in a time of 15:00.
“I was confident before the time trial and had good feelings. But you can never be sure of anything,” said 29-year-old Wellens who was fourth on the stage.
“It felt nice to start this closing time trial with a lead of more than 40 seconds. I had really good legs today, something I already noticed this morning.
“But most of all, I was really motivated to give Vic Swerts (founder and owner of Soudal) a nice gift for his 81st birthday.”
Ganna, who had also won Saturday’s stage on a breakaway, finished the time-trial with a 10-second advantage over Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ).
|1||GANNA Filippo||INEOS Grenadiers||15:00|
|2||THOMAS Benjamin||Groupama – FDJ||0:10|
|3||HAYTER Ethan||INEOS Grenadiers||0:21|
|4||WELLENS Tim||Lotto Soudal||0:29|
|5||LAPORTE Christophe||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:31|
|6||KWIATKOWSKI Michał||INEOS Grenadiers||0:34|
|7||BETTIOL Alberto||EF Education – Nippo||0:35|
|8||DOULL Owain||INEOS Grenadiers||0:38|
|9||POLITT Nils||BORA – hansgrohe||,,|
|10||STEWART Jake||Groupama – FDJ||0:41|
|1||WELLENS Tim||Lotto Soudal||13:56:23|
|2||KWIATKOWSKI Michał||INEOS Grenadiers||0:53|
|3||POLITT Nils||BORA – hansgrohe||0:59|
|4||STEWART Jake||Groupama – FDJ||1:02|
|5||WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads||Israel Start-Up Nation||1:19|
|6||GOGL Michael||Team Qhubeka ASSOS||1:24|
|7||VAN AVERMAET Greg||AG2R Citroën Team||1:25|
|8||THEUNS Edward||Trek – Segafredo||1:36|
|10||EIKING Odd Christian||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||1:45|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini