BinckBank Tour – ST5
August 12th – 18th
FRIDAY, 16 AUG 2019
Riemst>Venray, 191.4km. Sprint finish.
The race started on the bridge that separate Belgium and Netherlands in the city of Riemst and went north with the finish at Venray (NL). The 191km course is last chance for sprinters to win a stage, and just like previous 3 sprinter’s stages 4 riders went into the breakaway hoping that wind will pick up and make some echelons to make it harder for peloton to pull them back, but wind was not a factor and full peloton brought them back 6km to go. In the meantime, Phil Bauhaus pulled out of the race due to sickness, so we lost our sprinter and the whole strategy reshuffled for the team to protect Cortina. Haussler was leading Cortina into the finish, but the narrow roads are not forgiving and Haussler crashed under 1km to go. Cortina continue the fight but was closed by other riders and finished outside top 10.
Tristan Hoffman: “This morning the plan was clear to work for Bauhaus, then he stopped the race and we played it all for Ivan, trying to help him. We had a breakaway, which is normal, but in the final it was crazy as everybody is fighting for position and then Haussler went down, as it looks now he’s OK, and then Cortina was up there fighting for sprint. Not our best day, but it’s how it is. Tomorrow we have TT, hopefully Ivan can defend his GC position, and then we go into the last day, which fits very well to Ivan. Garaadsbergen and Bosberg are two climbs from Tour de Flanders and Ivan likes that race. The other teams will have to take responsibility, we will follow and take our chances when possible”.
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