World Ports Classic: Boeckmans wins

On Saturday Kris Boeckmans won the second stage of the World Ports Classic, from Antwerp to Rotterdam, he was also the best overall. That means he has eight victories so far this season.

Jetse Bol was the last escapee to be reeled in. A bunch sprint was coming up, but there was a crash in the last kilometres. Jens Debusschere was one of the riders involved, but he has no injuries. A small group got in front. The Lotto Soudal riders led teammate Kris Boeckmans to the victory. He beat Danilo Napolitano and Alessandro Bazzana. The Belgian also won the points classification and Lotto Soudal was the best team. With Tiesj Benoot a second Lotto Soudal rider finished in the top ten of the overall standings, he was sixth at fifteen seconds.

Kris Boeckmans: “Fifteen kilometres after the official start we had the first intermediate sprint. It was my goal to win it and move closer to Andrea Guardini who led the GC. I was third at six seconds before the stage. I won the sprint, Guardini got third and that way I came two seconds closer. Then we let go of a breakaway. Among other Thomas De Gendt helped to chase later in the stage.”

Read on at: Lotto Soudal.