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Norwegian fans turned out in force to get the autograph of Thor Hushovd. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker.)
Norwegian fans turned out in force to get the autograph of Thor Hushovd. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 1: Field Sprint

26. July 2014

A field sprint capped Saturday's stage of the Tour de Wallonie, the first of five days of racing in Belgium.

The Course:
Four categorized climbs and three intermediate sprints were part of the 147.9-kilometer race from Frasnes-lez-Anvaing to Tournai.

The Day's Breakaway:
A three-rider escape of Julien Stassen (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Thomas Wertz (Color Code-Biowanze) enjoyed a more than five-minute lead. But the trio was caught about 15 km from the finish.

The Finish:
Jens DeBusschere (Lotto Belisol) took the win ahead of Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Juan José Lobato (Movistar). No BMC Racing Team riders finished in the top 15.

What Sport Director Rik Verbrugghe Said:
"I think for everybody it was a pretty easy day. The sprinters teams controlled the race. We had some attacks in the last 15 kilometers, but the sprinters teams were controlling. We did not have anyone in the sprint, but we don't have a real sprinter here.  For Thor Hushovd, it was his first race in a while – like a lot of riders we have here. Silvan Dillier tried, but he needs more help to have a good result. Tomorrow is another day and the last three days are pretty hard here. So we are on schedule."

Listen to complete comments from Verbrugghe on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.