Tough climbs were decisive for this stage
Geraardsbergen, August 13th 2017. – The final stage of this year’s Binck Bank Tour takes us to the classic Flanders type race including the climbs on the Muur, Bosberg and Denderoorberg – 3 times! The start was in Essen and for the first 140km it was flat race, but the last 50 km are really tough with climbs mentioned. Today’s breakaway of 9 riders, including our Grega Bole had maximum gap of 2 and a half minutes, and they got caught one lap before the finish line, 25km to go. From that point there were many attacks but eventually 15 riders including most favorites and our Luka Pibernik escaped and were controlling the race. Peter Sagan had mechanical problem but managed to come back to the leading group and had power to even attack together with Greg Van Avermaet. The lead didn’t last long, and they were back in the group again. On the last climb the group split and the top ten didn’t include. At the end, just 1km to go, Jasper Stuyver attached the group of 10 and managed to distance himself enough for the win. Tom Dumoulin came few seconds after with the group and that was enough for the overall win.
Harald Morscher was happy with today’s race: “Today we can be happy with our team, our birthday boy Grega Bole went into the breakaway with 8 more riders, as today one of our goals was to have someone in the breakaway to show our jersey, so Grega did good job. The last laps were really tough. Also Luka was part of the last group that was leading late in the race. Overall, our riders performed better and better every day. For sure we are not completely content, but team was progressing, and that makes me very happy for the future.”
“Our plan today was that one rider goes to the breakaway, so we worked very good as a team, as we followed all breakaways that were trying to form. At the end I did catch the right breakaway and maybe that was a present for my birthday. At the end it was really hard in the breakaway, and we saw that behind us they are riding really fast, so we had to go full gas in the front. Still we got caught.” – said Grega Bole. Asked about climbs Grega said: “I know this climbs from before, but with cobblestones it is much harder to ride then on normal tarmac. I don’t like cobblestones, so it was really hard.”