Another eventful stage met the viewers as the TV-screens went live with images of Andreas Kron in today’s breakaway. Getting away from the peloton after 50 km with a group of riders who weren’t contending for the GC, Kron gave something for the peloton to work for, as he was the virtual leader of the race until the group was caught just 10 km from the finish.
Dutch rider Nick van der Lijke managed to stay in front with the best on the final climbs and finished the stage as 13th sending him to an overall position of 12th in the general classification, closely fulfilling the goal Riwal Readynez Cycling Team hoped for at the beginning of Tour de Wallonie to put a man in the top 10.
“It’s a world class performance the guys deliver down here in Wallonie. We’re visible on every single stage with Arvid’s sprints on the first two days and Nick van der Lijke and Andreas Kron’s performances the last two days”, says sports director Michael Blaudzun after the stage.
“We had a goal to get a guy in the top 10 overall, and we’re extremely close to doing that that, and with all the top teams, we’re up against here, it just shows the strength of the guys - it’s not something you just do. Pure teamwork and absolute great performance throughout the week. I’m very proud of them.”
With both Andreas Kron and Nick van der Lijke riding the European Championships just around the corner and more racing for the team, Blaudzun is looking forward to the coming races.
“The next races are going to be exciting. The guys are going really well, and I believe we’ll be able to keep building on these results in the coming weeks”, ends Blaudzun.
Photo credit: Tour de Wallonie / Eric Cornu