Binck Bank Tour starts with the bunch sprint
Venray, August 7th 2017. Opening stage of the newly named Binck Bank Tour was a classic sprinters stage. It was great day for racing with temperatures between 22 and 25 and with minimal wind. The stage of 180km took us from Breda to Venray. From the start 4 riders went into breakaway holding very minimal advantage, never over 3 minutes, only to be caught 3km to go. Teams with sprinters did a lot of work, while our team was holding the middle position. As we don’t have a typical sprinter at this race, sports directors decided to try with Cortina with Arashiro and Per being the last lead for putting him in position for sprint. There were few roundabouts in last 2 km, and it was really hard fight for positions. At the end our guys didn’t make top 10, as many top sprinters got boxed out just like our riders. At the end Arashiro was 19th and Cortina 33rd.
“The race today was, let’s say, a little bit boring” – said Harald Morscher our Sports Director – “There was a breakaway from the start that survived 3km until the finish line, so as expected it was a bunch sprint. Teams with great sprinters like Sagan, Kittel and Greipel controlled the whole race. The end was tricky with 2 roundabouts, but Sagan won like a champion.
Asked about tomorrow’s time trial: “Tomorrow is very strange, tricky with a lot of corners, but I think with Ivan Cortina we have a young and fast rider, so this could potentially be a good stage for him. We are not specialized in Time Trials and we’ll be more competitive in the stages with climbs that are coming up soon.”
Yukiya Arashiro: “Today was my first race after Tour de France and San Sebastian. I tried to set up a sprint for Cortina but I lost him at last roundabout, then I tried to go for a sprint, but there were too many good sprinters and there was no space for me.”