uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

After motorbikes had caused a massive crash with 19 riders, the organizers and riders agreed to cancel the Belgium Tour queen stage; Devenyns remains in the lead with one stage to go

Photo: Sirotti






28.05.2016 @ 18:11 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Another bad crash caused by motorbikes prompted the organizers and the riders to cancel the queen stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour. After an aggressive start to the stage, 19 riders hit the deck and when 11 were brought to the hospital by ambulance, the decision was made to ride slowly to the finish, meaning that Dries Devenyns (IAM) retains the lead on the eve of the final stage.


Everything was set for a huge spectacle in the queen stage of the Belgium Tour. The stage was set to tackle 12 climbs in the Ardennes, including the famous Cote de la Redoute, and was expected to create a huge shake-up of the GC.


However, as it has happened too often in recent years, another crash involving motorbikes prompted the organizers and the riders to reach an agreement to end the stage prematurely.  No less than 19 riders hit the deck when two motorbikes collided on a descent 65im into the stage and after an initial neutralization, the decision was made to roll slowly to the finish.


No less than 11 riders were taken to hospital, with Stig Broeckx (Lotto Soudal) being worst affected. The Belgian who was also taken out by a motorbike at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, is in coma and has been brought to the hospital in Aachen.


At the time of the crash, a strong breakaway with Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) had a four-minute advantage but IAM had just upped the pace to control the race for leader Dries Devenyns. However, their efforts were all in vain as the stage ended soon after.


At the moment, it is uncertain whether the race will continue but the race organizer has told Belgian media that he expects the race to go on. Hence, Dries Devenyns (IAM) goes into the final stage with a 4-second advantage over teammate Reto Hollenstein. He has a much easier task at hand tomorrow as the final challenge is mainly flat and only includes two early pave sectors. In the end, the riders will do three laps of an 18.8km finishing circuit where the sprinters are expected to battle it out.


The queen stage

After yesterday’s mini Tour of Flanders, the organizers had planned a mini Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the queen stage which brought the riders over 206.9km with a start and finish in Verviers. It was made up of two circuits with a total of 12 climbs. After four early climbs, the riders got to the famous Cote de Maquisard (2.9km, 5%) and Cote de la Redoute (1.65km, 9.7%) which are both known from Liege-Bastogne-Liege and finally the Cote de Banneux (3.8km, 5.2%) and the short Rue de la Paix (700m, 8.6%) and then reached the finish for the first time with 66.3km to go. The final circuit included the same four climbs, with La Redoute coming 37.1km from the finish and the final ascent coming just 5.2km from the line. The final kilometre was also slightly uphill.


It was a sunny day in Belgium when the riders gathered for the start in Verviers and as expected the hilly terrain was an invitation to aggressive riding. Kristoffer Skjerping (Cannondale) was the first to get a small gap but things were together when they hit the first climb.


Martin makes a solo move

The peloton split on the first climb where Ludwig De Winter (Wallonie) was one of the first riders to get dropped. It was Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) who split the field and the German took off in a solo move.


Jack Bauer (Cannondale), Matvey Mamykin (Katusha), Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) and Rob Ruijgh (Crelan) took off in pursuit while the German pushed his advantage over the peloton out to 22 seconds. The quartet joined the lone leader while Jimmy Janssens (3M) became the next rider to try to bridge across.


IAM up the pace

Janssens made the junction and while the peloton slowed down, the gap went out to more than 2 minutes, meaning that Janssens was the virtual leader of the race. The advantage ballooned to more than four minutes as they approached the second climb.


IAM hit the front as they got to the second ascent and made a big acceleration. That’s when the big crash happened and after the stage had first been neutralized, the organizers and the riders agreed to cancel the stage and roll slowly to the finish in Verviers.



What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08

Currently no news in this list

39 years | today
28 years | today
Andrei VOICU
28 years | today
28 years | today
David Valant ZUPANCIC
29 years | today