- We planned to work for Michael Valgren today, so he could go for a stage victory and maybe try something for the overall classification. But he crashed at a wrong moment and was not able to return in the group of favorites, so that’s where it went wrong today, as he was feeling very good. We did a great job, but didn’t get the result we were looking for, but that’s how it is sometimes. – sport director Bruno Cenghialta.
The 182.2 kilometer from Riemst to Sittard-Geleen looked like a mini-Amstel Gold Race, the race that Michael Valgren won this spring. That’s why the riders of Astana Pro Team protected him all the way, and he was situated in the group of favorites going into the final. Meanwhile, Oscar Gatto had to abandon the race. Laurens de Vreese tried to go in the first breakaway, but the peloton didn’t let him go clear. At the end, Michael Valgren crashed, but without serious injuries. After he got back on his bike, he was not able to return in the same group.
It was Gregor Mühlberger with a successful attack in the final kilometres of the race, surprising all the favorites. The leaders jersey of Matej Mohoric never was in danger, as he successfully defended his overall lead. Tomorrow, the peloton will face the final and hardest stage of this year’s Binck Bank Tour: 215.6 kilometer from Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure to Geraardsbergen.
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