2017 Tour de Wallonie

The 2017 VOO-Tour de Wallonie was a five-stage men's professional road cycling race, held in Belgium as a 2.HC race on the 2017 UCI Europe Tour. It was the forty-fourth running of the Tour de Wallonie, starting on 22 July in Stavelot and finishing on 26 July in Thuin.

2017 Tour de Wallonie
2017 UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates22–26 July 2017
Stages5
Distance908.7 km (564.6 mi)
Winning time21h 19' 34"[1]
Results
Winner  Dylan Teuns (BEL) (BMC Racing Team)
  Second  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Third  Benjamin Thomas (FRA) (Armée de Terre)

Points  Dylan Teuns (BEL) (BMC Racing Team)
Mountains  Alexis Gougeard (FRA) (AG2R La Mondiale)
Youth  Benjamin Thomas (FRA) (Armée de Terre)
Sprints  Evaldas Šiškevičius (LTU) (Delko–Marseille Provence KTM)
  Team WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
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The race was won by Belgian rider Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team), winning two stages and the points classification alongside his overall success.[2]

ScheduleEdit

The race route was announced on 4 May 2017.[3]

List of stages and stage characteristics[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 22 July Stavelot to Marchin 189.9 km (118 mi)   Hilly stage   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)
2 23 July Chaudfontaine to Seraing 189.4 km (118 mi)   Hilly stage   Jasper De Buyst (BEL)
3 24 July Arlon to Houffalize 182.7 km (114 mi)   Hilly stage   Dylan Teuns (BEL)
4 25 July Brussels (Brussels Capital Region) to Profondeville 164.1 km (102 mi)   Hilly stage   Jempy Drucker (LUX)
5 26 July Chièvres to Thuin 182.6 km (113 mi)   Hilly stage   Dylan Teuns (BEL)

TeamsEdit

Initially, 19 teams were selected to take part in Tour de Wallonie.[5] Six of these were UCI WorldTeams, with ten UCI Professional Continental teams and three UCI Continental teams. A 20th team, Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport were later added to the race.[6][7]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

UCIContinental teams

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

22 July 2017 — Stavelot to Marchin, 189.9 km (118.0 mi)[8]
Result of stage 1[9]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Benjamin Thomas (FRA) Armée de Terre 4h 28' 40"
2   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 5"
3   Dylan Teuns (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 5"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 5"
5   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 5"
6   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Cofidis + 8"
7   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 8"
8   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 13"
9   Huub Duyn (NED) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 13"
10   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 13"
General classification after stage 1[9]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)     Armée de Terre 4h 28' 30"
2   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 9"
3   Dylan Teuns (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 11"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 15"
5   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 15"
6   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Cofidis + 18"
7   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 18"
8   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 23"
9   Huub Duyn (NED) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 23"
10   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 23"

Stage 2Edit

23 July 2017 — Chaudfontaine to Seraing, 192.8 km (119.8 mi)[10]
Result of stage 2[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jasper De Buyst (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 4h 29' 16"
2   Michael Mørkøv (DEN) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 0"
3   Justin Jules (FRA) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 0"
4   Jempy Drucker (LUX) BMC Racing Team + 0"
5   Roman Maikin (RUS) Gazprom–RusVelo + 0"
6   Juan José Lobato (ESP) LottoNL–Jumbo + 0"
7   Timothy Dupont (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 0"
8   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Direct Énergie + 0"
9   Piet Allegaert (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
10   Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) Cofidis + 0"
General classification after stage 2[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)   BMC Racing Team 8h 57' 55"
2   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 0"
3   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal + 1"
4   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)    Armée de Terre + 1"
5   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Cofidis + 9"
6   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 9"
7   Jim Aernouts (BEL) Telenet–Fidea Lions + 14"
8   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 14"
9   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 14"
10   Jeroen Meijers (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 14"

Stage 3Edit

24 July 2017 — Arlon to Houffalize, 181.4 km (112.7 mi)[12]
Result of stage 3[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)   BMC Racing Team 4h 25' 30"
2   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Delko–Marseille Provence KTM + 9"
3   Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) FDJ + 9"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 14"
5   Juan José Lobato (ESP) LottoNL–Jumbo + 18"
6   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 20"
7   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal + 21"
8   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 24"
9   Thomas Sprengers (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 24"
10   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 24"
General classification after stage 3[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)    BMC Racing Team 13h 23' 15"
2   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 32"
3   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)   Armée de Terre + 39"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 42"
5   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 44"
6   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 48"
7   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 50"
8   Maxime Vantomme (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 50"
9   Jeroen Meijers (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 52"
10   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 54"

Stage 4Edit

25 July 2017 — Brussels (Brussels Capital Region) to Profondeville, 164.1 km (102.0 mi)[14]
Result of stage 4[15]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jempy Drucker (LUX) BMC Racing Team 3h 43' 26"
2   Adam Blythe (GBR) Aqua Blue Sport + 0"
3   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Cofidis + 0"
4   Juan José Lobato (ESP) LottoNL–Jumbo + 0"
5   Jasper De Buyst (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
6   Coen Vermeltfoort (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 0"
7   Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
8   Julien Duval (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
9   Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) Cofidis + 0"
10   Justin Jules (FRA) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 0"
General classification after stage 4[15]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)    BMC Racing Team 17h 06' 41"
2   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 32"
3   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)   Armée de Terre + 39"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 42"
5   Pim Ligthart (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 44"
6   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 48"
7   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 50"
8   Maxime Vantomme (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 50"
9   Jeroen Meijers (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 52"
10   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 54"

Stage 5Edit

26 July 2017 — Chièvres to Thuin, 185.1 km (115.0 mi)[16]
Result of stage 5[2]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)   BMC Racing Team 4h 13' 03"
2   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Direct Énergie + 5"
3   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 5"
4   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 5"
5   Benjamin Thomas (FRA) Armée de Terre + 5"
6   Alex Kirsch (LUX) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 5"
7   Maxime Vantomme (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 5"
8   Loïc Vliegen (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 5"
9   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 5"
10   Corné van Kessel (NED) Telenet–Fidea Lions + 5"
Final general classification[2]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Dylan Teuns (BEL)    BMC Racing Team 21h 19' 34"
2   Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 43"
3   Benjamin Thomas (FRA)   Armée de Terre + 54"
4   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 1' 02"
5   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 1' 03"
6   Maxime Vantomme (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 1' 05"
7   Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 1' 10"
8   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 1' 12"
9   Loïc Vliegen (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 1' 19"
10   Thomas Sprengers (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 1' 20"

Classification leadership tableEdit

In the 2017 Tour de Wallonie, five different jerseys were awarded. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers at intermediate sprints (three seconds to first, two seconds to second and one second to third) and at the finish of all stages to the first three finishers: the stage winner won a ten-second bonus, with six and four seconds for the second and third riders respectively.[17] The leader of the classification received a yellow jersey;[4] it was considered the most important of the 2017 Tour de Wallonie, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.[17]

Points for the mountains classification
Position 1 2 3 4 5
Points for Category 1 10 8 6 4 2
Points for Category 2 6 4 2 0

There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a white jersey.[4] In the mountains classification, points towards the classification were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Each climb was categorised as either first, or second-category, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.[17]

Points for the points classification
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stage finishes 25 20 15 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a green jersey.[4] In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 10 in a stage.[17] For winning a stage, a rider earned 25 points, with 20 for second, 15 for third, 10 for fourth and so on, down to 1 point for 10th place.[17] There was also a separate classification for the intermediate sprints,[17] rewarding a purple jersey.[4] Points towards the classification were accrued – awarded on a 5–3–1 scale – at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification as noted above.[17]

The fifth and final jersey represented the classification for young riders, marked by a red jersey.[4] This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 22 July 1993 were eligible to be ranked in the classification.[17] This jersey was only awarded post-stage, and was not worn during the race. There was also a team classification, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.

Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Sprints classification
 
Teams classification
 
Combativity award
 
1[18] Benjamin Thomas Benjamin Thomas Benjamin Thomas[a] Alexis Gougeard Benjamin Thomas Kévin Ledanois BMC Racing Team Alexis Gougeard
2[19] Jasper De Buyst Dylan Teuns Jimmy Turgis Tosh Van der Sande Alexis Gougeard
3[20] Dylan Teuns Dylan Teuns[b][c] Alexis Gougeard Evaldas Šiškevičius WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect Evaldas Šiškevičius
4[21] Jempy Drucker Kevin Van Melsen
5[1] Dylan Teuns Lasse Norman Hansen
Final[1] Dylan Teuns Dylan Teuns Alexis Gougeard Benjamin Thomas Evaldas Šiškevičius WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect No final award

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In stage two, Xandro Meurisse, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because Benjamin Thomas wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
  2. ^ In stage four, Benjamin Thomas, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because Dylan Teuns wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
  3. ^ In stage five, Jempy Drucker, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because Dylan Teuns wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Résultats et communique de l'organisation 5" [Results and communications from the organisation 5] (PDF). ChronoRace.be (in French). ChronoRace - Electronic Timing SPRL. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Tour de Wallonie: Teuns wins final stage and overall". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ Turgis, Dominique (4 May 2017). "Tour de Wallonie : Le parcours 2017" [Tour de Wallonie: The 2017 route]. Directvelo (in French). Association Directvelo. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Livre de route 2017, p. 2.
  5. ^ Odvart, James (15 June 2017). "Tour de Wallonie : Les équipes sélectionnées" [Tour de Wallonie: The selected teams]. Directvelo (in French). Association Directvelo. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ Odvart, James (13 July 2017). "Tour de Wallonie : engagés" [Tour de Wallonie: Teams]. Directvelo (in French). Association Directvelo. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ Livre de route 2017, p. 3.
  8. ^ Livre de route 2017, pp. 19–26.
  9. ^ a b "Thomas claims Wallonie opener". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. ^ Livre de route 2017, pp. 29–36.
  11. ^ a b "De Buyst wins stage 2 in Tour de Wallonie". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  12. ^ Livre de route 2017, pp. 39–46.
  13. ^ a b "Teuns wins stage 3 at Tour de Wallonie". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  14. ^ Livre de route 2017, pp. 49–56.
  15. ^ a b "Drucker claims stage 4 in Tour de Wallonie". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  16. ^ Livre de route 2017, pp. 59–65.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h Livre de route 2017, pp. 12–15.
  18. ^ "Résultats et communique de l'organisation 1" [Results and communications from the organisation 1] (PDF). ChronoRace.be (in French). ChronoRace - Electronic Timing SPRL. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Résultats et communique de l'organisation 2" [Results and communications from the organisation 2] (PDF). ChronoRace.be (in French). ChronoRace - Electronic Timing SPRL. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Résultats et communique de l'organisation 3" [Results and communications from the organisation 3] (PDF). ChronoRace.be (in French). ChronoRace - Electronic Timing SPRL. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Résultats et communique de l'organisation 4" [Results and communications from the organisation 4] (PDF). ChronoRace.be (in French). ChronoRace - Electronic Timing SPRL. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.

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