Belgian rider Tim Wellens retained the Tour of Benelux title after Sunday’s seventh and final stage over 188.6 km from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Geraardsbergen in Belgium, with Italian Manuel Quinziato winning the stage.

The Lotto-Soudal rider had grabbed the overall race lead by winning Saturday’s s 208.6km sixth stage from Heerlen in the Netherlands to Houffalize in Belgium.

Wellens, 24, clocked 26hr 31min 5sec after the week’s race to finish top ahead of compatriot Greg Van Avermaet, who was overall second at 1min 59sec, with Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman third at 1:17. 

Quinziato won the final stage in 4hr 18min 18sec in a race for the line ahead of Belgian riders Bjorn Leukemans at 0.03sec and Yves Lampaert at 0.08. – Agence France-Presse

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