Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) claimed his second stage win and wrapped the overall race victory with a solo ride on the fifth and final stage of the Tour de Wallonie. The Belgian jumped clear on the sharp final rise inside the last kilometre, and had five seconds on the pack when he reached the line.
Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) led the chasers over the line for second place while Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) took third. With his attack, Teuns extended his lead in the overall classification, which he’d held since stage 2, to 43 seconds and sealed the first GC win of his career.
Teuns reacted to a move from Van der Sande, who started the day in second place. Van der Sande surged up on the inside of the leading rider in the peloton as they navigated a tight chicane on the final climb, getting a gap of around five bike lengths, forcing a response from the race leader.
When it came, the reaction was decisive and Van der Sande did not have the legs to keep up with the 25-year-old on the steep ramp towards the line. He would have to settle for second place overall, with stage 1 winner Benjamin Thomas rounding out the GC podium at 54 seconds down.
It has been a very successful week for the BMC Racing squad. Along with two stage wins and the overall from Teuns, they delivered Jempy Drucker to victory on stage 4.
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