Schmid leads the Belgium Tour

Schmid leads the Belgium Tour

A great day of racing at the Belgium Tour concluded with Mauro Schmid making a visit to the podium to collect his second leader’s jersey of the season. Having topped the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali general classification in March, the Swiss has repeated that performance at the team’s home race, following the toughest stage of the entire week.

One of the ten different Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl riders to rack up a win in 2022, Mauro sat only 26 seconds off the overall lead, but thanks to a perfect move which saw him join a strong group with more than 70 kilometers to go, he turned the table in his favour and will now start the final stage with the blue jersey on his shoulders.

The numerous hills sprinkled over the 172.6km route around Durbuy made things impossible to control, and knowing this, the Wolfpack and Schmid made their move early. The small 10-second gap expanded to the point the peloton was taken out of contention more than 20 kilometers from the finish, when the attackers’ advantage showed two minutes.

After getting involved at the Golden Kilometer sprints and notching up three bonus seconds, Mauro still found the energy to fight for the victory, ending the stage just behind Quinten Hermans (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) – a result that combined with the bonifications scored on the line moved him at the top of the standings, the difference between him and the next rider on the GC being made by the hundreds of a second in the time trial.

“I knew it could be very close in the end and it would come down to the bonifications at the finish and in the Golden Kilometer if we stayed together. We did a good job as a team, with me in the break and the other guys controlling what was happening in the bunch behind on a hard and incredibly hot day. I tried to save the legs a bit for the finale, but I felt the effort on the last climb, where I knew Quinten would be strong. When I noticed Tim was dropped, I searched for the last ounce of energy to gain as much time as possible, and I’m happy I got rewarded with the leader’s jersey. We’ll see what we can do on the last stage, but the plan is to try to defend this jersey and help Fabio go for the win”, Mauro said after the podium ceremony.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
4:19:39
2 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:04
4 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:06
5 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
0:29
6 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
0:29
7 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
2:20
8 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:22
9 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
2:27
10 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
2:27
25 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:43
56 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:38
60 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:38
75 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:18
100 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:18
1 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:11:41
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:00
3 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:08
4 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:41
5 Victor Campenaerts
Lotto Soudal
1:05
6 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
1:50
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
2:08
8 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:13
9 Oscar Riesebeek
Alpecin-Fenix
2:33
10 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
2:36
19 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:07
53 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
23:32
70 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27:57
79 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:08
99 Iljo Keisse
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:25
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
81 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
62 pt
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
53 pt
4 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
49 pt
5 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
34 pt
6 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32 pt
7 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25 pt
8 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
25 pt
9 Danny van Poppel
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
10 Arnaud De Lie
Lotto Soudal
19 pt
17 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13 pt
19 Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13 pt
1 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
12:14:54
2 William Blume Levy
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
9:42
3 Thibau Nys
Baloise - Trek Lions
10:22
4 Jenno Berckmoes
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
10:29
5 Luis-Joe Lührs
BORA - hansgrohe
10:30
6 Logan Currie
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
11:21
7 Axel Laurance
12:58
8 Yentl Vandevelde
Minerva Cycling
22:23
9 Arnaud De Lie
Lotto Soudal
27:13
10 Witse Meeussen
Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal
27:18
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 36:39:45
2 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 1:59
3 Alpecin-Fenix 2:33
4 Lotto Soudal 7:06
5 Israel - Premier Tech 12:30
6 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 12:40
7 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 17:51
8 Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling 20:15
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 28:37
10 Team DSM 34:54

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