Van Aert takes a surprise victory in the prologue of the Belgium Tour

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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)

0:06:54

2 Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+02”

3 Reto Hollenstein (IAM)

+04”

4 Yves Lampaert (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+05”

5 Niki Terpstra (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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6 Martin Elmiger (IAM)

+06”

7 Lars Boom (Astana)

+07”

8 David Boucher (Crelan-Vastgoedservice)

+10”

9 Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)

+11”

10 Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)

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