Race report

Flat and fast TT sees Nils Eekhoff finish 14th

Baloise Belgium Tour

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

After yesterday’s day in the Flemish hills, the peloton switched their road bikes for their time trial rigs this afternoon for a pan-flat and fast 11 kilometre effort against the clock in Knokke-Heist; on a course built for the powerful time trial specialists.

It would be Nils Eekhoff that set the team’s best time throughout the day, charging around the course to cross the finish line in 12 minutes and 27 seconds; moving into a provisional fourth place. As more riders completed their rides later on, Eekhoff’s time would slip slightly further down the standings, ending the day in 14th place, but only a handful of seconds off of the stage podium.

‘It was a really short, flat and fast TT,” explained Eekhoff. “I felt good out there today and did some good numbers so it is a shame that I finished just outside the top ten in the end.”

Team DSM coach Luke Roberts added: “Today’s stage two of the Baloise Belgium Tour saw the guys take on an 11 kilometre time trial in Knokke-Heist. It was a relatively straightforward parcours with just a few corners and not many technical parts, but with a lot of power sections. In the end, Nils has produced a pretty solid ride for us, finishing just outside the top ten and not too far off of the stage podium.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 EVENEPOEL Remco Deceuninck - Quick Step 12:00 20
2 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:02 10
3 FISHER-BLACK Finn Team Jumbo-Visma 0:18 5
14 EEKHOFF Nils Team DSM 0:27 -
33 LEIJNSE Enzo Team DSM 0:45 -
44 PEDERSEN Casper Team DSM 0:52 -
64 HAMILTON Chris Team DSM 1:06 -
67 VAN UDEN Casper Team DSM 1:07 -
92 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team DSM 1:22 -
112 BOL Cees Team DSM 1:39 -