2017 Tour of Belgium

The 2017 Tour of Belgium, known as the 2017 Baloise Belgium Tour for sponsorship purposes, was the 87th edition of the Tour of Belgium cycling stage race. It took place from 24 to 28 May 2017 in Belgium, as part of the 2017 UCI Europe Tour; it was categorised as a 2.HC race. Defending champion Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors) did not take part in the race, as he was taking part in the concurrent Giro d'Italia.[2]

2017 Tour of Belgium
2017 UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates24–28 May
Stages5
Distance728.6 km (452.7 mi)
Winning time16h 59' 42"[1]
Results
Winner  Jens Keukeleire (BEL) (Belgium (national team))
  Second  Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (Quick-Step Floors)
  Third  Tony Martin (GER) (Team Katusha–Alpecin)

Points  Jens Debusschere (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
Combativity  Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL) (Cofidis)
  Team Quick-Step Floors
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The race was won by Jens Keukeleire, riding for the Belgium national team.[3] Keukeleire trailed overnight leader Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors) by a second going into the final stage, but bonus seconds gained in the race's "golden kilometre" – where three intermediate sprint positions were held within the space of a kilometre – allowed Keukeleire to move into the lead on the road, and despite crashing in the final three kilometres, he was able to win the race by six seconds from Cavagna.[1] Three-time race winner Tony Martin of Team Katusha–Alpecin completed the podium, five seconds further behind Cavagna.[1]

In the race's other classifications, Jens Debusschere (Lotto–Soudal) won the points classification, the combativity classification was won by Cofidis rider Kenneth Vanbilsen, while the teams classification was taken by Quick-Step Floors, after placing three riders in the top five places overall.[1]

TeamsEdit

20 teams were selected to take part in Tour of Belgium.[4] Five of these were UCI WorldTeams, with ten UCI Professional Continental teams, four UCI Continental teams and a Belgium national team.

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

UCI Continental teams

National teams

ScheduleEdit

The race itinerary was announced on 23 February 2017.

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 May Lochristi to Knokke-Heist 178.8 km (111.1 mi)   Flat stage   Bryan Coquard (FRA)
2 25 May Knokke-Heist to Moorslede 199.0 km (123.7 mi)   Flat stage   Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
3 26 May Beveren to Beveren 13.4 km (8.3 mi)   Individual time trial   Matthias Brändle (AUT)
4 27 May Ans to Ans 167.8 km (104.3 mi)   Intermediate stage   Maurits Lammertink (NED)
5 28 May Tienen to Tongeren 169.6 km (105.4 mi)   Flat stage   Jens Debusschere (BEL)
Total 728.6 km (452.7 mi)

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

24 May 2017 — Lochristi to Knokke-Heist, 178.8 km (111.1 mi)[5]
Result of Stage 1[6]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Direct Énergie 4h 08' 58"
2   Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
3   Daniel McLay (GBR) Fortuneo–Vital Concept + 0"
4   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 0"
5   Roy Jans (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 0"
6   Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
7   Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 0"
8   Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Cofidis + 0"
9   Kenny Dehaes (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 0"
10   Nicolas Marini (ITA) Nippo–Vini Fantini + 0"
General classification after Stage 1[6]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bryan Coquard (FRA)    Direct Énergie 4h 08' 48"
2   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Aqua Blue Sport + 1"
3   Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 4"
4   Daniel McLay (GBR) Fortuneo–Vital Concept + 6"
5   Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 6"
6   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 8"
7   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 8"
8   Élie Gesbert (FRA) Fortuneo–Vital Concept + 9"
9   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 10"
10   Roy Jans (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 10"

Stage 2Edit

25 May 2017 — Knokke-Heist to Moorslede, 199 km (124 mi)[7]
Result of Stage 2[8]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Beobank–Corendon 4h 43' 12"
2   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 0"
3   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 0"
4   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 0"
5   Olivier Pardini (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 0"
6   Florian Sénéchal (FRA) Cofidis + 0"
7   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
8   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 3"
9   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 3"
10   Maarten Wynants (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 5"
General classification after Stage 2[8]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Philippe Gilbert (BEL)   Quick-Step Floors 8h 51' 57"
2   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 6"
3   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 8"
4   Florian Sénéchal (FRA) Cofidis + 12"
5   Olivier Pardini (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 13"
6   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 13"
7   Jelle Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 15"
8   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 16"
9   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 16"
10   Maarten Wynants (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 18"

Stage 3Edit

26 May 2017 — Beveren to Beveren, 13.4 km (8.3 mi), individual time trial (ITT)[9]
Result of Stage 3[10]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Matthias Brändle (AUT) Trek–Segafredo 15' 40"
2   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 14"
3   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 14"
4   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Direct Énergie + 14"
5   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors + 21"
6   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Aqua Blue Sport + 22"
7   Yves Lampaert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 30"
8   Anthony Turgis (FRA) Cofidis + 33"
9   Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 34"
10   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 38"
General classification after Stage 3[10]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Wout van Aert (BEL)    Vérandas Willems–Crelan 9h 07' 57"
2   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"
3   Matthias Brändle (AUT) Trek–Segafredo + 11"
4   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 19"
5   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Aqua Blue Sport + 24"
6   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Direct Énergie + 25"
7   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors + 32"
8   Olivier Pardini (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 35"
9   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 39"
10   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 40"

Stage 4Edit

27 May 2017 — Ans to Ans, 167.8 km (104.3 mi)[11]
Result of Stage 4[12]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha–Alpecin 4h 09' 50"
2   Ruben Guerreiro (POR) Trek–Segafredo + 0"
3   Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 5"
4   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors + 5"
5   Jan Bakelants (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 31"
6   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 31"
7   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 31"
8   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 31"
9   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 31"
10   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 31"
General classification after Stage 4[12]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Rémi Cavagna (FRA)   Quick-Step Floors 13h 18' 23"
2   Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 1"
3   Tony Martin (GER)   Team Katusha–Alpecin + 5"
4   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 14"
5   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 34"
6   Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 34"
7   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 35"
8   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 36"
9   Ruben Guerreiro (POR) Trek–Segafredo + 46"
10   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 52"

Stage 5Edit

28 May 2017 — Tienen to Tongeren, 169.6 km (105.4 mi)[13]
Result of Stage 5[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 3h 41' 25"
2   Coen Vermeltfoort (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 0"
3   Boy van Poppel (NED) Trek–Segafredo + 0"
4   Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 0"
5   Kenny Dehaes (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 0"
6   Aaron Gate (NZL) Aqua Blue Sport + 0"
7   Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
8   Jürgen Roelandts (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
9   Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Cofidis + 0"
10   Joeri Stallaert (BEL) Cibel–Cebon + 0"
Final general classification[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jens Keukeleire (BEL)   Belgium (national team) 16h 59' 42"
2   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors + 6"
3   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 11"
4   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 12"
5   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 38"
6   Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 40"
7   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 40"
8   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 42"
9   Ruben Guerreiro (POR) Trek–Segafredo + 52"
10   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 58"

Classification leadership tableEdit

In the 2017 Tour of Belgium, three different jerseys were awarded. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. Time bonuses were awarded to the first three finishers on all stages: the stage winner won a ten-second bonus, with six and four seconds for the second and third riders respectively. Bonus seconds were also awarded to the first three riders at sprints in the "golden kilometre", where three intermediate sprint positions were held within the space of a kilometre. Three seconds were awarded for the winner of the sprint, two seconds for the rider in second and one second for the rider in third. The leader of the general classification received a red jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2017 Tour of Belgium, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Points for the points classification
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points awarded 30 25 22 19 17 15 13 12 11 10

The second classification was the points classification. Riders were awarded points for finishing in the top ten in a stage. Unlike in the points classification in the Tour de France, the winners of all stages were awarded the same number of points. The leader of the points classification was awarded a blue jersey. There was also a combativity classification, where riders received points for finishing in the top five at intermediate sprint points during each stage, on a 10–8–6–4–2 scale. Bonus points were awarded if a breakaway had gained a sufficient advantage over the field, up to a maximum of 5 points. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists in a team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest cumulative time.

Stage Winner General classification
(Dutch: Algemeenklassement)
 
Points classification
(Dutch: Puntenklassement)
 
Combativity classification
(Dutch: Strijdlustklassement)
 
Teams classification
(Dutch: Ploegenklassement)
 
1[14] Bryan Coquard Bryan Coquard Bryan Coquard Kenneth Vanbilsen Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise
2[15] Mathieu van der Poel Philippe Gilbert Quick-Step Floors
3[10] Matthias Brändle Wout van Aert Wout van Aert
4[12] Maurits Lammertink Rémi Cavagna Tony Martin
5[1] Jens Debusschere Jens Keukeleire Jens Debusschere
Final[1] Jens Keukeleire Jens Debusschere Kenneth Vanbilsen Quick-Step Floors

Final standingsEdit

Legend
  Denotes the leader of the General classification
  Denotes the leader of the Points classification
  Denotes the leader of the Combativity classification

General classificationEdit

Result[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jens Keukeleire (BEL)   Belgium (national team) 16h 59' 42"
2   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors + 6"
3   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 11"
4   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 12"
5   Julien Vermote (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 38"
6   Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 40"
7   Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 40"
8   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) + 42"
9   Ruben Guerreiro (POR) Trek–Segafredo + 52"
10   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan + 58"

Points classificationEdit

Result[1]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Jens Debusschere (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal 55
2   Tony Martin (GER) Team Katusha–Alpecin 41
3   Wout van Aert (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan 38
4   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors 35
5   Oliver Naesen (BEL) Belgium (national team) 32
6   Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Team Katusha–Alpecin 32
7   Rémi Cavagna (FRA) Quick-Step Floors 31
8   Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha–Alpecin 30
9   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Direct Énergie 30
10   Jens Keukeleire (BEL)   Belgium (national team) 29

Combativity classificationEdit

Result[1]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL)   Cofidis 50
2   Brian van Goethem (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij 36
3   Philipp Walsleben (GER) Beobank–Corendon 24
4   Benjamin Declercq (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise 23
5   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Aqua Blue Sport 21
6   Jens Keukeleire (BEL)   Belgium (national team) 21
7   Rob Leemans (BEL) Pauwels Sauzen–Vastgoedservice 19
8   Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors 18
9   Ludwig De Winter (BEL) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 17
10   Taco van der Hoorn (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij 17

Teams classificationEdit

Result[1]
Rank Team Time
1 Quick-Step Floors 51h 00' 13"
2 Belgium (national team) + 1' 02"
3 Team Katusha–Alpecin + 1' 17"
4 Aqua Blue Sport + 3' 55"
5 Cibel–Cebon + 5' 39"
6 Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 8' 09"
7 WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect + 9' 31"
8 Trek–Segafredo + 10' 30"
9 Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 10' 43"
10 Lotto–Soudal + 11' 46"

ReferencesEdit

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