Van Belle again in top ten in Tour of Slovakia

Van Belle again in top ten in Tour of Slovakia

Loe van Belle has finished seventh in the first stage of the Tour of Slovakia. The 20-year-old Dutchman finished the stage to Trnava in a bunch sprint, sprinting to his second top 10 position. As of tomorrow, a series of hilly stages are scheduled.

Before the start, Team Jumbo-Visma had to deal with a setback. Due to illness David Dekker, the intended sprinter for the Slovakian stage race had to drop out. As a result, Van Belle performed as a sprinter, with a seventh-place result.

"It is a shame that we have already lost our sprinter", sports director Maarten Wynants said. "David did not feel well after the prologue and after a bad night, we decided he would not start. Loe then indicated he wanted to go for it and we planned to have him take the sprinters role. Seventh place is a creditable result. The next few days are tougher. We will try to take advantage of the opportunities that will come."


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