Timothy Dupont battled to the final win of the Belgian Cycling Cup in Binche-Chimay-Binche (1.1, 02/10). The 31-year-old Belgian was in third position before the race. On the home ground of our main partner Wanty Timothy Dupont was clearly motivated. Early in the race he joined a breakaway and also Tom Devriendt and Mark McNally showed themselves on the road.
In the final laps around Binche everything came back together. After a difficult, rainy race a group of about twenty riders took off, with again Dupont present. He thus could collect points at the intermediate sprints and approached leader Sean de Bie to only five points. Eventually everything came back together once more and a reduced sprint for the win followed. Dupont had to sprint top-10 to obtain the final victory. He accomplished that mission with an 8th place on the Grand Place in Binche. Our Italian Andrea Pasqualon sprinted to a solid 5th spot.
"At first I tried to win the race today. We were in front with a nice group in the final, but unfortunately we were caught in the final lap. In the sprint I was on Arnaud Démare's wheel. But he had to let go on the cobbles and thus a top-5 was out of reach."
"For our main sponsor Wanty this victory in the Belgian Cup is of course magnificent. We were riding on their home soil. For the second time in my career I am the final winner of the Belgian Cup. This win is a reward for my regularity and all the teamwork of the past year. "
"In the upcoming days I will ride Paris-Bourges, Paris-Tours and Tacx Pro Classic as my season's end."
"Oh la la. This was a tough race, the temperature and the rain made it very difficult. In the final Timothy was in front and thus I could spare myself in the peloton behind the riders of LottoNL-Jumbo. In the sprint Van Poppel accelerated impressively on the last cobblestones section. I finished fifth, but a podium spot was possible for me. It was very close between the top-7. "
"I went through a difficult period after my crash in Tour du Limousin in August, where I lost a lot of my good condition. For a while I slept badly because of pain in my back. I had a difficult month but now I feel much better. In my two final races of the season Paris-Bourges and Paris-Tours I will aim for some more good results. "
1. Danny Van Poppel
2. Yves Lampaert
3. Oliver Naesen
5. Andrea Pasqualon
8. Timothy Dupont
34. Mark McNally
86. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
98. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
DNF Tom Devriendt