- I tried something on the cobbles, but the stage was not hard enough to make a difference today. Then I wanted to go for a sprint, my teammates helped me to stay at the front of the bunch. But with less than 10 kilometers to go, I had a puncture. I came back in the peloton but was not able to do a sprint anymore. But it was a good day, especially because yesterday I had a hard race at the European Championships. I’m confident and I really would like to show something this week here in the BinckBank Tour, - said Davide Ballerini.
Stage 2 will start in Blankenberge, to finish in Ardooie after 169,1 (flat) kilometers.
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