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Austria: Devriendt sprints to victory

Austria: Devriendt sprints to victory

This Monday in the Tour of Austria (2.1, 6-12/07), another bunch sprint was expected at the end of the 177 kilometer stage in Wiener Neustadt. In contrary to yesterday's bad weather with rain, the riders suffered from the heat, combined with a hilly parcours. Tom Devriendt triumphed in the expected bunch sprint, ahead of prologue winner Steimle and Koch. Also Pieter Vanspeybrouck finished again within the top 10, on 7th place. The two Belgian riders are now 2nd and 5th in the provisional general classification. This Tuesday, climbing legs will be tested in a difficult stage from Kirchschlag to Frohnleiten.

Tom Devriendt:

« Both Pieter Vanspeybrouck and me dispose of fast legs. He leaded me towards a 3rd place in the Eurometropole Tour in the autumn of 2017, and yesterday I finally got a chance to do him a favor in return for all his work for the team by guiding him towards a podium spot in the stage! Today we made the collective decision to sprint together, and our tactics worked out, resulting in a stage victory and 7th place! Just like Pieter yesterday, I miss out on the leader's jersey, however, It wouldn't have been a present for our five men team to control the hard mountain stage tomorrow. »

« I was very motivated for this Tour of Austria, until knee pain emerged last Thursday. There were doubts about my participation, because the charges on my knees, operated in the past, are very demanding in this mountainous race. I enjoy this victory, and hope to finish this tour at the end of the week in an excellent shape. After a bad spring campaign, I'm ready to shine at the end of the season! »

Stage 2:

1. Tom Devriendt
2. Jannik Steimle
3. Jonas Koch
7. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
67. Thomas Degand
83. Bart De Clercq
84. Marco Minnaard

Provisional general classification:

1. Jannik Steimle
2. Tom Devriendt +0:01
3. Emils Liepins +0:04
5. Pieter Vanspeybrouck +0:05
28. Thomas Degand +0:15
35. Bart De Clercq +0:16
66. Marco Minnaard +0:21