At Scherpenheuvel, Yves Lambert (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) crowned himself the winner of a short-term trial at Baloise Belgium. Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) finished second and retained the captain’s jersey.
Yves Lambert dominates the city of Scherbenhovel
In a short run in and around Scherpenheuvel, it seemed like a stage to be fought among the ratings guys.
However, it seemed for a while that no one could beat young Dutchman Dan Hall’s best timing. The Trek-Segafredo rider quickly set a target time that nearly all of the riders would shout out.
So almost all riders. Only Yves Lambert and Mads Pedersen manage to dive under Holly’s time. Lambert did it in a grueling time trial and crossed the finish line 10 seconds faster. Ranking leader Mads Pedersen came into the middle one second behind Lambert and secured a nerve-racking finish.
In the end, the Dane had to get to know his boss in Lambert. He finished in six seconds and finished second. It remains the leader in the overall rating. Daan Hoole finished nicely in third place.
Yves Lambert: “This victory gives a boost to the Tour”
“Mads Pedersen is fully prepared for the Tour, so he was a strong opponent today. It’s great to be able to beat him today. I can wear my Belgian champion shirt again today.”
“What if I’m really sure about going to the Tour? Not that, but I think this victory can give me a boost. I’d be happy anyway to be there. He could come out on top in Copenhagen.”
“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult journey. As a team, we shouldn’t overdo it. Maybe something is possible with Schmid and Senchal, but Mads Pedersen definitely looks like he’s doing well. It’s obviously going to be anything else.”
“Is Corona being discussed again in the peloton? Surely everyone wants to be healthy initially in Denmark. We will have to apply measures further. Unfortunately in the heart you have to distance yourself from the masses.”
Mads Pedersen: “Losing Eve is not a shame”
“I’m satisfied with this result. I knew there were fast guys today. Losing Eve is not a shame.”
“I’ve been practicing a lot of time to try out lately and pay close attention to my stance on the bike. So today was a perfect workout with the aim of the Tour”
“Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult stage, especially because of the heat. I usually suffer from that. Tomorrow it could mean the end of my leading position. At the moment, I am very happy. I already have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.”
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