Flemish cycling stars celebrate Tour de France results
Three Flemish riders are looking back on a series of highlights in this year’s Tour de France, including a dramatic stage win on Bastille Day and top-10 rankings for intermediate sprints
De Gendt finished second in the overall polka-dot jersey ranking for the king of the mountains, just behind Poland’s Rafal Majka, and claimed victory in a dramatic stage up Mount Ventoux on Bastille Day.
De Gendt and Van Avermaet came seventh and eighth respectively in the green jersey classification for points won on intermediate sprints. Van Avermaet also claimed the Tour’s coveted yellow jersey for three days, and won the 216km Limoges-to-Le Lioran stage. Serge Pauwels, meanwhile, came sixth in the mountain ranking and 13th in the points.
However, none of the Flemish riders came close in the overall ranking: De Gendt came 40th, Pauwels 42nd, Van Avermaet 44th and Jan Bakelants 50th.
Photo: Thomas De Gendt in the polka-dot jersey as best climber and Greg Van Avermaet in the yellow jersey of leader in the overall ranking at the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France
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