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Tim Wellens wins Ruta del Sol
19 February 2018
Tim Wellens wins Ruta del Sol

The rider from Team Lotto-Soudal conquests the overall at the end of time trial stage 5.

After his stage win on Saturday, Tim Wellens could start the closing time trial of fourteen kilometres with seven seconds lead over Mikel Landa and eleven seconds over Wout Poels. The first part of the time trial mainly took place on off-road sections. Before the top ten of GC began their time trial, David de la Cruz had set a very strong time: 17’11”. None of the favourites could beat his time. Amador (at 6”) and Clement (at 7”) came close, but the Spaniard did win.

The young Spaniard Marc Soler (sixth at 32”) set a time of 17’20”. Luis León Sánchez, Jakob Fuglsang and Mikel Landa lost too much time to be in the running for the overall win. Wout Poels did set a strong time: 17’22”. Wellens could only win the overall classification if he didn’t lose more than ten seconds. The Belgian succeeded in his goal, covering the course in 17’25” atop on his Ridley equipped with Campagnolo Super Record electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels. He finished eight and conquered the overall victory of the Ruta del Sol, his nineteenth pro victory.

 

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