It's Wellens' first stage win in one of the 3 major stage races (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Spain's Vuelta). This spring, he already won a stage in Paris-Nice.
Wellens set up a counter-attack 72 kilometres from the finish. The peloton was not in the mood to go fast, and let the breakaway riders go. They soon enjoyed 8 minutes' bonus.
Wellens accelerated again later on, going past earlier breakaway riders and leaving them behind. Wellens, a keen trime trialler, next built a comfortable lead by going solo. He enjoyed over 4 minutes' bonus on the final climb to Roccaraso and stood strong. After crossing the finishline, he dismounted from his bicycle, lifting it up in the air to celebrate the win.
In the background, Vincenzo Nabali, one of the favourites, launched a solo attack but the Dutch race leader Tom Dumoulin countered the Italian and left him behind. Dumouling (Giant-Alpecin) eventually strengthened his pink leader's jersey.
Tim Wellens just turned 25 two days ago.