Bad luck in last kilometre costs Ryan Mullen stage win in Belgium

Posted on: June 14th, 2019
Ryan Mullen TT
Ryan Mullen was very unlucky to miss out on the stage win in Belgium

Ryan Mullen has been left very disappointed at missing out on TT victory at Baloise Belgium Tour.

The Trek-Segafredo man and Irish champion was just four seconds shy of taking his first win of the year.

His time saw him place 5th on the stage but he revealed afterwards that he had lost his chain deep inside the last kilometre.

That mishap with about 400m to the line very likely cost him the stage victory.

However, his 5th place was still a very strong one, though he said the mishap was hard to swallow.

The 9.2km stage 3 in Grimbergen was won by Tim Wellens of Lotto-Soudal.

He clocked a time of 10:46, or an average speed of 51.268km per hour.

Nathan van Hooydonck bounced back very well after being refused a wheel by neutral service yesterday.

He was 2nd today, riding for the Belgian national team, and missed victory by just one second.

Next, in 3rd place, was Victor Campenaerts; the European champion riding for Lotto-Soudal was just two seconds off the winner.

Yesterday’s impressive stage winner and race leader Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was 4th at three seconds followed by Mullen at four seconds.

Evenepoel leads overall by 57 seconds from Wellens with two stages remaining. Mullen is 29th overall as he lost time yesterday when he missed the front group of 28 that finished 42 seconds down on 19-year-old Evenepoel.

Tomorrow’s stage is 151km featuring nine short sharp climbs; a big test for Evenepoel but one he is fancied to pass and win the race overall.