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Wellens wins Ruta del Sol stage 1
20 February 2019
Wellens wins Ruta del Sol stage 1

The rider from Team Lotto-Soudal conquests another victory.

Lotto Soudal rider Tim Wellens took his second victory of the season today during the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol. On the steep slopes of the final climb in Alcalá de los , the defending Ruta del Sol champion again proved to be the strongest. The 27-year-old Belgian soloed to an impressive victory; Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre completed the podium. Wellens will also start in the yellow leader’s jersey in Sevilla tomorrow. After a fast opening phase of the race, seven riders managed to escape. However, the peloton - with Lotto Soudal attentive on the first rows - did not grant the escapees much advantage. Together with Team Astana and Mitchelton-Scott, it was Lotto Soudal who took the initiative and kept the advantage of the seven riders in check.

At twenty kilometres from the line, various teams opened up the throttle in an attempt to eliminate some of the pre-race favourites. Eventually, a reduced peloton reached the foot of the final climb in Alcalá de los Gazules where the battle broke loose. On the steep cobbled hill towards the city centre, Wellens, atop on his Ridely fully equipped Campagnolo, first responded to various attacks but then decided to say goodbye to his rivals, on his way to a truly brilliant display of power that resulted in a solo victory. After stage wins in 2017 and 2018 it is now the third stage victory for Wellens in the Ruta del Sol.

 

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