Tom Dumoulin won the general classification at the BinckBank Tour after strong support by his Team Sunweb team mates to defend the jersey on the final stage. Team Sunweb took control and Tom finished it off with an impressive third place on the closing stage to Geraardsbergen.
The final stage got off to a fast start with a big fight for the breakaway, but eventually a nine-rider group formed at the front of the race with the first rider on GC at 15-minutes from Tom, giving a perfect situation for the team. Gradually taking more control as the kilometres ticked by, the race finally kicked into action on the tough, rolling finishing circuit where the team and Tom stayed in control, marking the moves.
From the select group in the finale one rider broke clear to take a solo stage win, while behind Tom took third on the line, nearly catching the lone leader in the uphill sprint finish.
After the race Tom said: “It’s great to finally win here after a few years of being close. This was our goal and we all had to come together to make it happen, which we did. The team was super strong every day and today it was up to us but we had it all under control, and I had good legs today.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers aded: “I’m really happy with this win for the team and the great job that the guys have done here. The stage started with a big fight for the break, and the nine man group that went was an ideal situation for us with the first rider at 15-minutes.
“We didn’t have to work until the start of the local lap and there we saw a big fight on the climbs, but we stayed calm and could follow with Tom who was really strong once again today.”