World cyclo-cross champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) took a surprise victory in the prologue of the Baloise Belgium Tour in Beveren.
Van Aert beat multiple time trial world champion Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) by two seconds over the six-kilometre course. IAM Cycling’s Reto Hollenstein was third a further two seconds back.
Van Aert now has a 2-second lead over Martin and he has a solid chance to defend his jersey in tomorrow’s first stage which will bring the riders over 177.5km from Buggenhout to the well-known finish in Knokke-Heitst. There won’t be a single categorized climb on the menu on what will be a day in flat terrain. The stage ends with two laps of a 25km finishing circuit that has the traditional uphill finishing straight along the seafront where the sprinters are expected to battle it out.
Belgium Tour 2016 – prologue results (Beveren):
|1||Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice)||
|2||Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)||
|3||Reto Hollenstein (IAM)||
|4||Yves Lampaert (Etixx – Quick-Step)||
|5||Niki Terpstra (Etixx – Quick-Step)||
|6||Martin Elmiger (IAM)||
|7||Lars Boom (Astana)||
|8||David Boucher (Crelan-Vastgoedservice)||
|9||Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)||
|10||Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)||
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