Race report

Team Sunweb home safely as sprinters do battle in BinckBank opener

BinckBank Tour

The opening day of racing at the BinckBank Tour saw the peloton take on 167 kilometres from Beveren to Hulst. Inclement weather conditions made the stage a tough day in the saddle, with wet roads and cobbles to contend with throughout the route.

A break of four managed to escape relatively early into the stage but they were never allowed a gap greater than three minutes. Some exposed sections of roads and cobbles around two-thirds into the stage saw the peloton split into three groups, with all Team Sunweb riders in the main bunch. However, with a long way to go and the gaps small, things were back together around five kilometres later.

Coming into the finale the break were still away with ten kilometres to go, meaning they took the bonus seconds on offer in the golden kilometre. The team worked well to move up the bunch and stay safe as those ahead were caught and the bunch gallop was set up. The sprinters did battle for the stage win, with the team coming home safely ahead of the tougher stages to come later in the week.

“It was a typical BinckBank Tour stage, with wind, rain and small roads,” explained experienced road captain Roy Curvers at the finish. “It was important for us to keep our GC leaders safe during the day; thats where we invested our energy and we’ve succeeded in doing that.”

Team Sunweb coach Michiel Elijzen added: “It was a hectic and nervous day, where in the end nothing really happened. The guys stayed in position well at the crucial points, so they survived the day without any issues and we’ll look towards the stages to come.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 BENNETT Sam BORA - hansgrohe 3:42:57 50
2 THEUNS Edward Trek - Segafredo ,, 20
3 TEUNISSEN Mike Team Jumbo-Visma ,, 8
17 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,, -
18 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team Sunweb ,, -
40 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb ,, -
45 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb ,, -
50 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
66 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb ,, -
96 CURVERS Roy Team Sunweb ,, -