Matej Mohorič wins Binck Bank Tour 2018
Binck Bank Tour 2018.
Lanaken, August 19th– Stage 7 – Lacs de L’eau d’Heure – Geraardsbergen– 212.7 km
The final and the longest stage of Binck Bank Tour 2018 started today in Lacs de L’eau d‘Heure and went all to way to the famous, east Flanders town Geraardsbergen. Today’s stage is in the Flanders heartland and took cycling wide known and famous climbs, as the Bosberg and the Muur van Geraardsbergen, where the race had its’ decisive moments. The riders went four times at the finishing loops on the Muur.
Before the stage, Matej Mohorič said that he is meeting this stage with cobbles for the first time at the World Tour and that he respects cobbles that give him more challenge and respect. The TBM meeting was very clear to all rides. All and just all for Matej Mohorič, the TBM leader that started the final one with half a minute advantage. The 30 seconds capital might be much, but definitely not enough to ignore all of the potential “threats” on the road. Matej was 100% focused, his team-mates shown that they are all ready to do all possible to give Matej the maximum support to take the overall victory.
With their help and an incredible tenacity, BAHRAIN MERIDA team leader Matej Mohorič succeeded in defending the overall leadership. The rivals tried everything, but he was the Slovenian rider responded to all the attacks and in the end he conceded 14 seconds to Matthews, who took the win on the final stage 7. But neither the bonus seconds were enough for him to beat Matej, who took the well deserved overall win.
“I’m super happy. It is the biggest victory in my career so far. It was an incredible tough stage today. We controlled the race from the start and all the guys helped me until they could. I managed to come back, even if there were several attacks. At the finish it was very close, but fortunately it was enough” says Matej, who adds “I’m also happy because it was the first time for me on the cobbles and it has been a good test for the next season”.
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