One month after his memorable stage win at Volta a Catalunya Thomas De Gendt has conquered another magnificent victory.
Pretty soon after the start of the stage in Delémont five riders escaped the bunch; among those riders Victor Campenaerts and Thomas De Gendt. The Lotto Soudal duo was accompanied by Nathan Brown, Matteo Fabbro and Andriy Grivko. The break got more than seven minutes advantage. After first Fabbro had been distanced due to a mechanical, Grivko was dropped uphill; that way only Brown was left at the side of Campenaerts and De Gendt. A few kilometres after the first crossing of the finish line in Yverdon-les-Bains, which was the start of one lap of 34.3 kilometres, Campenaerts had to let go of his companions.
About five kilometres further De Gendt left Brown behind. The peloton was no threat anymore by that time. De Gendt, atop on his Ridley equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora Ultra full carbon wheels, finished solo with 2’04” advantage over Sonny Colbrelli. After today’s breakaway De Gendt is the new owner of the sprint jersey, and he was also awarded the prize of the most combative rider of the day.
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