Matej Mohorič keeps the leaders jersey
Binck Bank Tour 2018.
Ardooie, August 16th– Stage 4 – Blankenberge – Ardooie – 166.3 km
After yesterdays’ Stage 3, and the leader’s jersey takeover from Matej Mohorič the plan at the TBM bus meeting was to do all possible to keep it. Another sprinters’ stage with two laps (15.4 km each) in the finishing Flandres town of Ardooie and so called Binck Golden kilometer, a chance to get 3 bonification points!
And today, the fight for the general classification came on agenda of at the race’s «Binck Golden Kilometer», with Matej Mohorič giving a huge resistance to De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) the rider who wanted to overtake the leader’s jersey. The young Belgian succeeded to take the first sprint, but Matej Mohorič gave it back at the second sprint and managed to stay as the overall leader. After the third and ultimate sprint, the sprinters’ and their teams began to move up.
Matej Mohorič stays as an overall leader with an advantage of three seconds ahead of Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) and Stefan Kung (BMC Racing) remains third at 22 seconds behind Matej Mohorič in the overall.
It was another, and again, non expected victory from a breakaway rider where the favorite sprinters couldnt get the real chance for a classic sprint. It was a late and successful attack at the ultimate kilometer of Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) and he managed to take a clean victory of Stage 4 in Ardooie.
The ones from the peloton that managed to be there at the sprint were Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) getting to second place and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) taking the third.
Matej Mohoric said just after the finish: “In the golden kilometre I managed to win one sprint to keep the leader’s jersey, so our goal was complete. My team-mates did a great job as always. I also tried to do the finish sprint, but I went a bit too early and couldn’t hang on for top ten stage place. But it was important not to crash and tomorrow is a new day”
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