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He just went out for a ride on his Helium SLX in Tour de Romandie

Thomas De Gendt adds another World Tour breakaway to his tally
Thomas De Gendt has done it again. The man’s like clockwork when it comes to finishing long escapes in World Tour races. In the second stage of the Tour de Romandie he went in the breakaway accompanied by 4 riders from which teammate and fellow big engine Victor Campenaerts was one of them. No one was able to follow De Gendt in the final and the peloton finished the stage more than 2 minutes behind. Another stunning performance from the breakaway specialist.

Thomas De Gendt started the Tour de Romandie with a 15th best time in the prologue, 13 seconds behind race winner Michael Matthews. The next day he let go the favorite’s group to create a sufficient gap to prepare his attack for today’s stage. The race started with a mountain climb, distinctive for this Swiss region. A numerous amount of riders tried to attack, but ultimately it were De Gendt and Campenaerts who managed to stay in the front. Three riders accompanied the Belgian duo: Fabbro (Katusha), Grivko (Astana) and Brown (EF-Drapac). Fabbro got dropped after some time due to mechanical issues and Grivko couldn’t keep the pace on one of the following climbs.

From that moment Campenaerts did a great job working for Thomas De Gendt by taking a lot of pulls in the front group. The peloton started to react on the major time advantage, because Brown was a tread for the GC riders with 26” gap between him and race leader Roglic. After some time Campenaerts engine was empty and he was dropped as well. A few minutes later De Gendt went on alone, just as he likes it best. The peloton was able to catch Brown, but De Gendt managed to keep a jaw-dropping 2’04” gap on the bunch when they crossed the finish line. It’s already his 11th World Tour win. Impressive. 

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