Local rider Loïc Vliegen was almost successful in front of his home crowd in Herve this Sunday, on the occasion of the second stage or the queen stage of the Tour de Wallonie.
Not less than seven categorized climbs had to be covered after the start in Verviers, among which the famous Côte de La Redoute, cumulating 2900 meter of climbing.
It was from this hill, situated 56 kilometer before the finish, that the Walloon World Team decided to make the race hard. Lorenzo Rota took command of the peloton and then managed to bridge to the two survivors of the early breakaway in a group of around fifteen riders with Vliegen.
This group was definitively out of sight for the peloton and battled for the victory. After a counterattack in the final 2 kilometer, Loïc Vliegen crossed the line one second behind Lazkano, who escaped before him.
Lorenzo Rota finished sixth and climbs to third place in the general classification, just ahead of his teammate Vliegen who is now fourth. Both men are respectively 10 and 11 seconds behind the new leader Stannard.