- I wanted to take revenge on yesterday where I had bad luck due to a crash, so I was really motivated for today. The whole race I was in the front and I was feeling good and than I decided to attack. We had a good collobaration in the group of three, as we were trying to close the gap with the leader, but than I had a mechanic and had to change my bike. I did my best and tried to stay focussed, but at the final climb I was too tired, both physically and mentally. But I was happy with the legs and with my shape, and I'm looking forward for the upcoming races - Michael Valgren
The final 215.6 kilometer of this year’s Binck Bank Tour, from Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure to Geraardsbergen, would decide the final overall and was a final opportunity for a stage win. After an attempt of Andrey Grivko to get in the day’s breakaway, it was Laurens de Vreese who made it into a group of seven riders that would hold until the final 40 kilometers. In this final, Michael Valgren and Magnus Cort attacked on the Muur, launching Valgren in the first chasing group. But after a mechanic he lost this position and had to continue on a neutral bike. After several attempts to stay in the first groups, he had to let them go in the final kilometers, finishing in the top 40.
Astana Pro Team finished the Binck Bank Tour with one stage victory, as Magnus Cort took stage 5 with an impressive sprint after a day in the break.
- Every race is different and every time you make a plan, but because of bad luck during the race the plan won’t always succeed. Today we had bad luck with Michael Valgren having a mechanic in the final, and he was not able to return. Too bad for today and yesterday, but at the end we can be happy with the stage victory at this Binck Bank Tour as we had quite some bad luck during the week. The win of Magnus Cort was a great one, it was good to have this success at this World Tour race. – sport director Bruno Cenghialta.
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