Stage two at the BinckBank Tour saw the peloton take on 169 kilometres from Blankenberge to Ardooie, featuring the now traditional finish circuit. With the flat parcours, it would once again be the conditions and narrow, twisting roads that provided a stern test for the riders.
A break of six managed to establish itself early into the stage, quickly building up a lead of over three minutes. However, just like the opening day, the peloton didn’t allow the gap to grow out any further and kept the group within a manageable distance. With over 100 kilometres to go in the stage, the peloton split into two groups due to crosswinds but things soon calmed and the bunch were back together.
The race maintained a status quo for the next 75 kilometres, with the breakaway holding onto a gap of roughly one minute and 30 seconds before it started to fall as the stage approached its finale. On the narrow roads in the final lap, the team sensed an opportunity and came to the front and increased the pace, stretching out the peloton. A few small splits were made but the wind wasn’t strong enough to keep the pressure on and the bunch regrouped. Once the breakaway was caught with five kilometres to go there was nothing to stop the sprinters fighting out for the stage win. The team rolled home safely with the GC opportunities lying further in the week.