Binck Bank Tour

Stage 7) Sint-Pieters-Leeuw - Geraardsbergen

NL Netherlands, Sunday 18 August 2019
177.9 km

BinckBank Tour: Deceuninck – Quick-Step firing on all cylinders on final day

BinckBank Tour: Deceuninck – Quick-Step firing on all cylinders on final day

An insanely hard course, featuring a string of short climbs which many of the riders were familiar with from the Spring Classics, it’s what the BinckBank Tour organisers had in store for the final day. Traveling from Sint Pieters to Geraardsbergen, stage 7 witnessed full gas action from the very outset, the relentless attacking preventing a breakaway from going clear in the first 60 kilometers.

A former top 10 finisher at the World Tour race, Bob Jungels made it into the main move when the elastic finally snapped, together with 14 other riders, whose maximum advantage hovered around one minute. The Luxembourger was one of the break’s motors, but had to drop out from the group with more than 50 kilometers to go due to a mechanical that required a bike change.

Following a fierce chase, he returned in the bunch and immediately took over the helm, setting a brisk tempo that trimmed the remaining escapees’ advantage to a mere 20 seconds. At the bottom of the third Muur-Kapelmuur ascent, the chasers had the leaders in sight, an injection of pace bringing the race back together before it was blown open again on the steep gradients of the mythical climb.

Philippe Gilbert, Florian Sénéchal and Zdenek Stybar were all part of the move, the latter digging deep ahead of the penultimate hill in an attempt to go clear, only to be countered by the remnants of the peloton. Shortly after, a three-man group opened a small gap, prompting a response from Florian and Philippe, who kept the gap around the 10-second mark. But the lack of cooperation resulted in the trio increasing their advantage, before a powerful surge of Stybar halved it with seven kilometers to go.

Sénéchal briefly accelerated, then Gilbert took off and was joined by two more riders, and despite running out of road, the Paris-Roubaix reigning champion gave absolutely everything in his attempt to narrow the gap to those up the road and extend the buffer over the chasers. In the end, he finished fifth on the lower slopes of the Muur; the result helped the experienced Belgian conclude the race in the top 15 overall, where our team was represented also by Zdenek Stybar at the end of a week which saw Deceuninck – Quick-Step nab its 55th UCI win of the season, courtesy of Alvaro Hodeg.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
3:52:40
2 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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3 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:04
4 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
0:25
5 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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7 Michael Valgren Andersen
Team Dimension Data
0:35
8 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
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9 Amaury Capiot
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:38
10 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
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21 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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34 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43
53 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
21:29:55
2 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
0:35
3 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:36
4 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
0:37
5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
0:44
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:06
7 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
1:13
8 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
1:16
9 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
1:19
10 Michael Valgren Andersen
Team Dimension Data
1:23
13 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:28
15 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:40
23 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:33
33 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:59
1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
115 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
66 pt
3 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
62 pt
4 Timothy Dupont
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
57 pt
5 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
55 pt
6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
50 pt
7 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
47 pt
8 Amaury Capiot
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
46 pt
9 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team INEOS
46 pt
10 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
40 pt
21 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
22 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
1 Team Sunweb 64:36:42
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:15
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:22
4 Lotto Soudal 5:38
5 AG2R La Mondiale 10:52
6 Mitchelton-Scott 11:13
7 Groupama - FDJ 11:47
8 EF Education First 12:12
9 Astana Pro Team 13:14
10 Team Katusha Alpecin 14:16

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