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"I was in the top five when Van Poppel attacked and got the gap. But then everyone was looking at each other and we couldn't close it."

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PHILIPPE GILBERT

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29.07.2015 @ 20:03 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert finished runner-up to Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) on Wednesday's final stage of the Tour de Wallonie.

 

Van Poppel attacked on a cobblestone stretch of the uphill finish to the 167.3-kilometer race to win his second stage of the race. Gilbert held off Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Pieter Serry (Etixx-Quick Step) three seconds later to garner his second runner-up finish of the season.

"Jempy Drucker and Marcus Burghardt really helped me to be there at the base of the climb," Gilbert said. "I was in the top five when Van Poppel attacked and got the gap. But then everyone was looking at each other and we couldn't close it."

Winner of Stage 3 on Monday, Gilbert finished seventh overall while teammate Loïc Vliegen, who was the "most aggressive rider" on Stage 1, finished eighth. Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) took the overall title after winning Stage 1 out of a breakaway.

"In this type of race, everybody was looking at Philippe and the BMC Racing Team and Etixx-Quick Step made the good move that first day," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Valerio Piva said. "It is too bad that Loïc, who was sitting fourth in the standings this morning, could not keep his position. On this climb he was not able to follow Philippe. It was tricky, with a lot of fighting and with cobblestones. He is a very good rider, but this was not a finish for his speciality."

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