Matej Mohorič took the leader’s jersey in Antwerpen
Binck Bank Tour 2018.
Antwerpen, August 15th– Stage 3 – Aalter – Antwerpen – 174.9 km
After yesterday’s ITT Stage 2, the plan at the TBM bus meeting was to do all possible to get Matej Mohorič, the TBM leader into a better GC place. Today’s stage was ment to be a sprinters stage, but Matej Mohorič knew that he might have to have his chance if he goes into a breakaway…
So that is how it unfolded. An early breakaway of 5 riders was formed. They all realized that a victory from a breakaway might be more realistic and they worked together for that goal. Until the moment when Matej Mohorič started with three attempts of attacks at last five kilometers.
With such tryies only Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) dropped. The other four riders played together until the last kilometer and Van der Hoorn took his chance for the final sprint in last 500 meters. At the final sprint Matej crossed the finish line as fourth, the stage victory went to Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), second place to Maxime Vantomme (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) took the third place.
Matej Mohorič earned some extra seconds at the golden kilometer and it was enough to take the overall lead by one second.
Matej Mohorič gave us the key points of his thoughts after his great performance: “Today, the plan was to try to go in the breakaway – if it manages to stay away for the golden kilometre in order to get back some seconds on the GC that we lost yesterday in the time trial. In the end, all the guys in the breakaway worked well together me with and it stayed like this to the finish line. Unfortunately for me, everybody knew I was the strongest, so it didn’t work out for me to win the stage. I’m sorry for my team, but this way, I even took some more points then I would take by a stage victory. At least we have the leader’s jersey and we will do our best to defend it in the next days.»
Matej Mohorič took over the leader’s jersey with a credit of one second ahead of Sean De Bie (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) and 19 seconds ahead of Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team)
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