Kris Boeckmans has won the last stage of the Tour de Picardie and is the overall winner. The 28-year-old rider already won the opening stage on Friday, when teammate Jasper De Buyst was second, and yesterday Kris was second behind Andrea Guardini.
After seventy kilometres a front group of four was formed. The last of the escapees was caught at four kilometres from the finish line. Lotto Soudal had controlled the peloton all day long. In the streets of Mers-Les-Bains the third bunch sprint in this race took place. Kris Boeckmans was the fastest. He beat Andrea Guardini and Bryan Coquard. In the overall classification Boeckmans is ten seconds ahead of Guardini.
Kris Boeckmans: “The first hour and a half the pace was really high. When the front group of four was formed our team controlled the chase. In the local lap lay a short hill. Tiesj pulled there and eight riders got a gap, Jasper De Buyst and I were in that group. The peloton could return. The last three kilometres were flat. I positioned myself in the wheel of Andrea Guardini, the only one who could take the overall victory away from me. There was a headwind and he started the sprint with two hundred metres to go, one hundred metres further I got out of his wheel. I beat him with ten to fifteen centimetres. Yesterday Guardini surprised me in the sprint. I had the feeling I could have won that stage as well. The whole team was strong this race, this is just wonderful.”
Read on at the website of Lotto Soudal.