Eneco Tour (st. 6)
Amador, Dayer Quintana, courageous Rojas to the fore in Walloon hills as Tim Wellens (LTS) turns Eneco Tour GC upside down with solo exhibition
Belgium's Tim Wellens (LTS) will fight on Sunday to claim back-to-back victories in the Eneco Tour after climbing onto the top of the GC standings with a solo win in Houffalize, over 208km under insistent rain and including 15 hills towards the foot of Saint-Roch, one of the most famous ascents in Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The Movistar Team fought again to feature into the late moves as José Joaquín Rojas sticked into the elite 19-man group until the final lap, bringing race leader Wilco Kelderman (TLJ) on his wheel. Dropping back into the final passage through St-Roch, the Spaniard finished his race together with Dayer Quintana -also active into that hill-, 4'20" dowm. Andrey Amador, who briefly attacked through the first climb, ended up 9'05" in arrears.
The Eneco Tour will end next to the mythical Kapelmuur in Geraardsbergen after 189km, with plenty of pavé and no less than 18 small climbs in Flanders.