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Perfect teamwork finished by Tim Wellens in Brabantse Pijl

He wins his first race back on Belgian soil with his Helium SLX
Tim Wellens has finished the perfect teamwork in the Brabantse Pijl on his Helium SLX. The Belgian won after an unexpected attack between the steep hills south of Brussels, following strong performances of Van der Sande and Vanendert prior to his move. Benoot sprinted to the podium as well.

The race started with a remembrance of Michael Goolaerts, the 23-year old Belgian who suffered from cardiac failure in Paris-Roubaix last weekend. The young talent rode for Lotto Soudal as a trainee in 2016.

The Brabantse Pijl was also the moment where Tim Wellens resumed competition after he finished 5th in Paris-Nice exactly one month ago. With also Strade Bianche winner Tiesj Benoot and Jelle Vanendert in the squad the red and white armada aimed high. Van der Sande was the first Lotto Soudal rider to open the attack and take the lead of the race, together with Aussie Jack Haig. At the moment when Van der Sande was in the front, Vanendert accelerated in the peloton. That way he opened perfectly for Wellens who went on his own between the hilly sections. Wellens immediately took a 20 second lead and no one saw him back before the finish line. He pointed his finger to the sky to honor Michael Goolaerts. Last year’s winner Colbrelli sprinted to a second place, while Tiesj Benoot managed to grab the 3th spot on the podium.

The Lotto Soudal boys look ready for the three coming important World Tour races in Holland (Amstel Gold Race) and Belgium (Flèche Wallonne & Liège-Bastogne-Liège).