Victor Campenaerts won his first-ever Grand Tour stage after spending a day in the breakaway and outsprinting Oscar Riesbeek in a two-up sprint.
Campenaerts was part of a 15-rider move in the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia from Grado to Gorizia. The escapees quickly established a comfortable lead and were set to battle it out for the stage win. With 22 kilometers to go, Campenaerts and Riesbeek dislodged their fellow escapees before the final climb of the day. The race came down to a two-up sprint with the World Hour Record Holder proving the strongest and sealing his first World Tour stage win.
"I’ve been chasing a WorldTour, and specifically a Grand Tour, stage win for so long; having been four times second, twice third, once fifth, and I’ve always targeted victories in time trials. I’ve come so close many times before, but I decided to change how I race and focus on racing more aggressively and a little less on the TT."
"We’ve already had two victories with the team in this Giro. I can’t say that I helped Mauro that much in the break but I helped Nizzolo for his victory and now I helped myself to a big victory – what a day! I had big, big help from the whole team, especially Max and Wizzy, who were also in the break with me."
"For two years we’ve speaking about Ubuntu in the team – I am because we are – which is about riding as a team. We cannot go alone, we’re stronger as a team together, and the spirit we have in the Giro is building up to an even greater spirit. Our mission as a team is to change lives with bicycles and the Qhubeka Charity, these successes mean that we play our part in changing the world. I also hope that these victories is great exposure for the team, to keep the team alive for the future. It hasn’t been easy to keep it alive and we needed this, so I am just so happy."