The 22-year-old has already gained valuable time in the Belgium Tour general classification.

A roller-coaster of a stage kicked off the 91st edition of the race where our team holds the record for the most GC victories, with nine such successes brought by five different riders. Comprising many of the climbs known from the Spring Classics, the trek between Merelbeke and Maarkedal gave almost no moment of respite, and the Wolfpack was one of the main instigators of the day.

The first to show his intentions was Mauro Schmid. A stage winner in the beginning of the season at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, the Swiss all-rounder jumped from the peloton with more than 60 kilometers to go, as soon as the six-man breakaway got pegged back. Although short-lived, this move netted him some important bonus seconds, which would go on to count at the end of the day.

On the second of the four laps in Maarkedal, Florian Sénéchal went, and with him, five other riders. They managed to put around ten seconds between them and a peloton that was getting thinned out by the kilometer, but they too were eventually caught. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl neo-pro Stan Van Tricht also gave it a go before the final lap, where for a brief moment the sprinters that got previously dropped found a way to rejoin the pack.

The final hill of the day was where the decisive selection was made. Florian attacked, a ten-man group featuring Mauro soon bridged across, and together they opened a gap on the chasers just as the gradient stiffened towards the top. Sénéchal took seventh as Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) sprinted to victory, while Schmid – helped by the bonifications scored during the stage – climbed to third in the general classification, where Yves Lampaert is just three seconds behind his teammate.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
3:49:35
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:00
3 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
4 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
5 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:00
6 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
7 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
8 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
0:00
9 Julian Mertens
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:00
10 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:00
17 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
18 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
42 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:26
61 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:30
94 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:50
106 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:50
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
3:49:19
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:08
3 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
4 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
0:12
5 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:13
6 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:16
7 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:16
8 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:16
9 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:16
10 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
0:16
42 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:42
61 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:46
94 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:06
106 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:06
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
25 pt
3 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
22 pt
4 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
19 pt
5 Robbe Ghys
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
17 pt
6 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
15 pt
7 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13 pt
8 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
12 pt
9 Julian Mertens
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
11 pt
10 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
10 pt
1 Thibau Nys
Baloise - Trek Lions
3:49:55
2 Luis-Joe Lührs
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
4 Jenno Berckmoes
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:29
5 Logan Currie
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
1:06
6 William Blume Levy
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:57
7 Witse Meeussen
Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal
6:28
8 Arnaud De Lie
Lotto Soudal
6:28
9 Jorre Debaele
Minerva Cycling
10:35
10 Thibaut Ponsaerts
Minerva Cycling
10:35
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 11:28:45
2 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
3 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:20
4 Alpecin-Fenix 0:34
5 BORA - hansgrohe 0:40
6 Israel - Premier Tech 0:40
7 Cofidis 2:35
8 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 2:37
9 Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling 2:49
10 Array 5:25

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