Eneco Tour success for Tim Wellens

For the second consecutive year the Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) has won the Eneco Tour of the Benelux. The 24-year-old from Limburg Province came out best overall in the 7-stage race. Sunday’s 7th and final stage was won by the Italian Manuel Quinziato (BMC)

Manuel Quinziato (photo), is a teammate of the Belgian cyclists Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet.

He was first over the finishing line at the end of the 188.6km stage from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw in Flemish Brabant to Geraardsbergen in east Flanders.

The Italian launched his attack 6km from the finish and was able to break free of the other two cyclists that were leading the race Björn Leukemans and Yves Lampaert. Quinziato was able to keep his lead up until the finishing line on the infamous Geraardsbergen Wall.

Björn Leukemans came in 2nd (3 seconds behind) and Yves Lampaert was 3rd, 8 seconds behind the Italian.

Wellens wins overall

Tim Wellens was the overall winner. He took the overall lead in the race after his victory in Saturday’s 6th stage. The 24-year-old Fleming was 59 seconds ahead of Greg Van Avermaet and 1 minute and 17 seconds ahead of the Dutch cyclist Wilco Kelderman.