The final stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour was scheduled today, taking the riders from Tienen to Tongeren. The race started at a very high pace and the first breakaway was only formed after fifty kilometres. This group was reeled in at thirty kilometres from the finish and shortly afterwards, a new group, with Tiesj Benoot, escaped the peloton. This breakaway was caught after a few kilometres and the peloton was heading for a bunch sprint. With three kilometres to go, Lotto Soudal formed their sprint train to guide Jens Debusschere perfectly to the finish line. No other team managed to get alongside the Lotto Soudal train and Jens Debusschere came from behind his lead-out, Jürgen Roelandts, to win the final stage in the Baloise Belgium Tour. He beat Coen Vermeltfoort and Boy van Poppel.
Tiesj Benoot finished seventh in the GC, forty seconds behind winner Jens Keukeleire. Jens Debusschere won the points jersey.
Jens Debusschere: “The Belgian team did most of the work during today’s stage. We came to the front when we got to the sprint. I want to thank everyone for his support. It was a perfect sprint.”
“The past week we showed ourselves. Wednesday, Coquard was faster than me, but today I could finish off the work of the team. The Belgium Tour is an important race for our team, so it is wonderful that we could win a stage.”
“When I started the second part of my season I was thinking: it would be nice to win a stage at 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Belgium Tour and Tour de Suisse. So far, so good (laughs). It will be more difficult to win a stage in Switzerland, but I will do my very best. I feel very fresh at the moment.”