The Tour of Belgium speaks German

In cycling, Germany's Tony Martin has won the Tour of Belgium. He defended his leader's jersey with success in the final stage, which was won by a Colombian rider. Martin competes for the Belgian team Omega Pharma-QuickStep. The Tour of Belgium was particularly successful for the Germans, who won 4 of the 5 stages.
Lieuwe Westra, Tony Martin and Carlos Barredo on the final podium.

The final stage took the peloton to Engis with an uphill finish. Colombia's Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) was the strongest and took the stage win. The stage showed that this is not Philippe Gilbert's year (yet). The Belgian champion reached out for the stage win in the sprint, but was overtaken in the final metres.

In the final standings, Tony Martin holds a 43 second gap on Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands. Carlos Barredo of Spain comes third, 1 minute and 2 seconds behind. Martin took the lead in yesterday's time trial in Arendonk (Antwerp).

The Tour of Belgium was a success for Germany. André Greipel had won the first three stages in the sprint in Buggenhout, Knokke-Heist and Beveren on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.