Etixx-QuickStep’s classics star Niki Terpstra won the opening stage of the Tour de Wallonie and held on to win the five stage tour in Ans, Belgium.
He finished 22 seconds ahead of Victor Campenaerts (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) with Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) third overall at 36 seconds.
Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) won the second and fifth stages , Philippe Gilbert (BMC) the third and Jonas Van Genechten (IAM Cycling claimed the fourth stage.
Terpstra's overall victory is the 39th on the road for Etixx - Quick-Step in 2015, and his 6th victory of the season.
“I’m very happy about this victory because from the day I first put on the yellow jersey until today it wasn’t easy," Terpstra said.
"There was a final circuit with a cobbled climb in the middle. This made for some hard racing. But I could count on my teammates today, as I could the entire race. They gave me a big hand, really controlling the entire day.
"My victory is also a result of their job. Of course, my victory the first day was key. I finished with a gap and was able to defend it for four more stages. I am happy and proud about this victory, as it’s only the third stage race that I won in my career, after Tour of Qatar this year, and also last season.
"I’m proud of this, because I won in a completely different parcours compared to Qatar. Qatar is completely flat and windy. Here we had to struggle on the Ardennes climbs. Really it was a different kind of race. So I am really happy I made it at a parcours that, on paper, doesn’t typically suit a rider like me.
"This victory gives me the motivation to continue to perform well in 2015, and be ready at the next race, which for me will be the Eneco Tour.”