Stefan Bisegger (EF Education Nippo) won the stage 2 time trial of the Benelux Tour. Team Qhubeka NextHash had Max Walscheid finish in 5th place on the stage and Victor Campenaerts was 8th.
Stage 2 of the Benelux Tour was one for the time trial specialists riders had to take on a 11.1km test, against the clock.
After yesterday’s first stage, Team Qhubeka NextHash were in a strong position after Max Walscheid, Victor Campenaerts and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were all part of the leading echelon of 30-riders that made it to the line with a minutes lead over the rest of the peloton.
Walscheid and Campenaerts, in particular, were very focused on today’s stage as they looked to use their time trialing ability to achieve a strong stage result and improve their general classification placings.
Campenaerts was first of our two specialists to finish, stopping the clock in 12’34”. This was 26 seconds down on the ‘club house’ leader, Bisegger. Walscheid soon followed, edging closer to the fastest time with a 12’30”. In the end this was good to finish in 5th and 8th place respectively on the stage.
In the general classification, Walascheid and Campenaerts climbed to 4th and 5th place with 5 stages to go.