2018 Tour de Wallonie

The 2018 VOO-Tour de Wallonie was a five-stage men's professional road cycling race, held in Belgium as a 2.HC race on the 2018 UCI Europe Tour. It was the forty-fifth running of the Tour de Wallonie, starting on 28 July in La Louvière and finishing on 1 August in Waremme.

2018 Tour de Wallonie
2018 UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates28 July-1 August 2018
Stages5
Winning time20h 22' 26"
Results
Winner  Tim Wellens (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Second  Quinten Hermans (BEL) (Telenet–Fidea Lions)
  Third  Pieter Serry (BEL) (Quick-Step Floors)

Points  Quinten Hermans (BEL) (Telenet–Fidea Lions)
Mountains  Nicolas Cleppe (BEL) (Telenet–Fidea Lions)
Youth  Quinten Hermans (BEL) (Telenet–Fidea Lions)
Sprints  Edward Planckaert (BEL) (Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise)
  Team Quick-Step Floors
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ScheduleEdit

List of stages and stage characteristics
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 28 July La Louvière to Les Bons Villers 193.4 km (120 mi)   Hilly stage   Romain Cardis (FRA)
2 29 July Villers-la-Ville to Namur 167.2 km (104 mi)   Hilly stage   Tim Wellens (BEL)
3 30 July Chimay to La Roche-en-Ardenne 169.2 km (105 mi)   Hilly stage   Odd Christian Eiking (NOR)
4 31 July Malmedy to Herstal 161.4 km (100 mi)   Hilly stage   Quinten Hermans (BEL)
5 1 August Huy to Waremme 187.5 km (117 mi)   Hilly stage   Jens Debusschere (BEL)

TeamsEdit

Twenty teams entered the race. Each team had a maximum of seven riders:[1]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

UCI Continental teams

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

28 July 2018 — La Louvière to Les Bons Villers, 193.4 km (120.2 mi)
Result of stage 1
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Romain Cardis (FRA) Direct Énergie 4h 25' 57"
2   Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Cofidis s.t.
3   Edward Planckaert (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise s.t.
4   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin s.t.
5   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Vital Concept s.t.
6   Corné van Kessel (NED) Telenet–Fidea Lions s.t.
7   Nick van der Lijke (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
8   Zico Waeytens (BEL) Vérandas Willems–Crelan s.t.
9   Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
10   Tom Wirtgen (LUX) AGO–Aqua Service s.t.
General classification after stage 1
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Romain Cardis (FRA)    Direct Énergie 4h 25' 47"
2   Quinten Hermans (BEL)    Telenet–Fidea Lions + 3"
3   Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) Cofidis + 4"
4   Edward Planckaert (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 6"
5   Steven Tronet (FRA) Roubaix–Lille Métropole + 8"
6   Michael Boroš (CZE) Pauwels Sauzen–Vastgoedservice + 9"
7   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"
8   Jonas van Genechten (BEL) Vital Concept + 10"
9   Corné van Kessel (NED) Telenet–Fidea Lions + 10"
10   Nick van der Lijke (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 10"

Stage 2Edit

29 July 2018 — Villers-la-Ville to Namur, 167.2 km (103.9 mi)
Result of stage 2
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 4h 06' 56"
2   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
3   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Vital Concept s.t.
4   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
5   Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) Wanty–Groupe Gobert s.t.
6   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin s.t.
7   Frederik Backaert (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert s.t.
8   Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
9   Kevin Deltombe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise s.t.
10   Enric Mas (ESP) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
General classification after stage 2
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tim Wellens (BEL)    Lotto–Soudal 8h 32' 42"
2   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 4"
3   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Vital Concept + 6"
4   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"
5   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU)   Quick-Step Floors + 10"
6   Frederik Backaert (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 10"
7   Kevin Deltombe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 10"
8   Romain Cardis (FRA) Direct Énergie + 10"
9   Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates + 10"
10   Tiago Machado (POR) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"

Stage 3Edit

30 July 2018 — Chimay to La Roche-en-Ardenne, 169.2 km (105.1 mi)
Result of stage 3
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) Wanty–Groupe Gobert 3h 54' 44"
2   Quinten Hermans (BEL) Telenet–Fidea Lions + 6"
3   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) Vital Concept + 6"
4   Jens Adams (BEL) Pauwels Sauzen–Vastgoedservice + 6"
5   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU)   Quick-Step Floors + 6"
6   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 6"
7   Michel Kreder (NED) Aqua Blue Sport + 6"
8   Tim Wellens (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal + 6"
9   Romain Le Roux (FRA) Fortuneo–Samsic + 6"
10   Nick van der Lijke (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij + 6"
General classification after stage 3
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tim Wellens (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal 12h 27' 33"
2   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 4"
3   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Vital Concept + 6"
4   Quinten Hermans (BEL)   Telenet–Fidea Lions + 7"
5   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"
6   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU) Quick-Step Floors + 10"
7   Frederik Backaert (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 10"
8   Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates + 10"
9   Tiago Machado (POR) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 10"
10   James Knox (GBR) Quick-Step Floors + 10"

Stage 4Edit

31 July 2018 — Malmedy to Herstal, 161.4 km (100.3 mi)
Result of stage 4
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Quinten Hermans (BEL) Telenet–Fidea Lions 3h 46' 58"
2   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) Vital Concept s.t.
3   Romain Cardis (FRA) Direct Énergie s.t.
4   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
5   Edward Planckaert (BEL)   Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise s.t.
6   Huub Duijn (NED) Vérandas Willems–Crelan s.t.
7   Nick van der Lijke (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
8   Dorian Godon (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
9   Kevin Deltombe (BEL) Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise s.t.
10   Floris Gerts (NED) Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij s.t.
General classification after stage 4
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Quinten Hermans (BEL)     Telenet–Fidea Lions 16h 14' 28"
2   Tim Wellens (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 3"
3   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 7"
4   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Vital Concept + 9"
5   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU) Quick-Step Floors + 13"
6   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 13"
7   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) Vital Concept + 13"
8   Frederik Backaert (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 13"
9   Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates + 13"
10   Tiago Machado (POR) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 13"

Stage 5Edit

1 August 2018 — Huy to Waremme, 187.5 km (116.5 mi)
Result of stage 5
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Jens Debusschere (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 3h 46' 58"
2   Álvaro José Hodeg (COL) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
3   Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data s.t.
4   Quinten Hermans (BEL)    Telenet–Fidea Lions s.t.
5   Bram Welten (NED) Fortuneo–Samsic s.t.
6   Edward Planckaert (BEL)   Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise s.t.
7   Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) Cofidis s.t.
8   Kenny Dehaes (BEL) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic s.t.
9   Daniel Hoelgaard (NOR) Groupama–FDJ s.t.
10   Romain Cardis (FRA) Direct Énergie s.t.
Final general classification
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tim Wellens (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal 20h 22' 26"
2   Quinten Hermans (BEL)    Telenet–Fidea Lions s.t.
3   Pieter Serry (BEL) Quick-Step Floors + 7"
4   Quentin Pacher (FRA) Vital Concept + 9"
5   Jhonatan Narváez (ECU) Quick-Step Floors + 11"
6   James Knox (GBR) Quick-Step Floors + 12"
7   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) Team Katusha–Alpecin + 13"
8   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) Vital Concept + 13"
9   Frederik Backaert (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 13"
10   Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates + 13"

Classification leadership tableEdit

In the 2018 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.[2] The leader of the classification received a yellow jersey;[3] it was considered the most important of the 2018 Tour de Wallonie, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.[2]

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.[3] 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.[2]

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.[3] In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 10 in a stage.[2] 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.[2] There was also a separate classification for the intermediate sprints,[2] rewarding a purple jersey.[3] 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.[2]

Finally, the leader in the classification for young riders, wore a red bib number.[3] This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 28 July 1995 were eligible to be ranked in the classification.[2] 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 Romain Cardis Romain Cardis Romain Cardis Quinten Hermans Quinten Hermans Lionel Taminiaux Cofidis Conor Dunne
2 Tim Wellens Tim Wellens Tim Wellens Nicolas Cleppe Jhonatan Narváez Kasper Asgreen Quick-Step Floors Lachlan Morton
3 Odd Christian Eiking Odd Christian Eiking Quinten Hermans Edward Planckaert Daan Soete
4 Quinten Hermans Quinten Hermans Quinten Hermans Etienne van Empel
5 Jens Debusschere Tim Wellens James Knox
Final Tim Wellens Quinten Hermans Nicolas Cleppe Quinten Hermans Edward Planckaert Quick-Step Floors No final award
  • In stage two, Michael Van Staeyen, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Romain Cardis wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
  • In stage three, Romain Cardis, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Tim Wellens wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.
  • In stage five, Romain Cardis, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Quinten Hermans wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 VOO - Tour de Wallonie". FirstCycling. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Livre de route 2017, pp. 12–15.
  3. ^ a b c d e Livre de route 2017, p. 2.

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