Mohoric wins 2018 BinckBank Tour

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) took victory on the final stage 7 of the BinckBank Tour, while Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) claimed the overall victory. Matthews out-gunned Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), powering up the Muur van Geraardsbergen to take a clear win over the Belgian with Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) finished in third once again.

It was another relentlessly aggressive finale on stage 7 with the main contenders taking it in turns to take chunks out of each other on the multitude of climbs in the final 40 kilometres. After his team did a lot of work early on, Mohoric was once again left to his own devices at the pointy end of proceedings.

The Slovenian once again managed himself admirably, shutting down several moves and digging in deep to keep in touch after being dropped on some of the tougher climbs. Mohoric led the bunch onto the final ascent of the Muur but was soon distanced, losing 14 seconds to Matthews along with the bonus seconds earned by the Australian. However, he did just enough to hold onto his leader's jersey by five seconds to Matthews, and claimed the overall title.

"We tried really hard to defend the jersey, we rode really hard from the start to keep the breakaway in check. In the final, I tried to respond to all the attacks from the other guys," Mohoric said. "Michael Matthews and [Soren] Kragh Andersen were really strong today and they attacked me many times but I always managed to come back. At the finish, I gave it my all until the line and it was very close but I was lucky enough to win.

"It was a really hard week of racing. After that successful breakaway, we defended the jersey every day. It was quite close on a couple of occasions but we defended it each day. We took it day by day and kilometre by kilometre and showed some really good team spirit, even if we might not be the strongest team in the race. We rode well together and in the end it worked out."

The final kilometres of the stage were marked by a lengthy attack from Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). The former Belgian champion went with less than 20 kilometres to go but was eventually reeled back on the penultimate climb of the day. With the group all together, it would be Morhoric that led them into the foot of the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

The race leader would soon be swamped as, first, Van Avermaet launched his attack and distanced the Slovenian. Matthews held back, making his move just before the final turn. His injection of pace saw him storm past Van Avermaet with comparative ease. The finish line was midway up the iconic climb, and Matthews was able to use his sprint power to hold off the Belgian and take the stage win.

"It's incredible. We came here with a goal with the GC with me and Soren and the sprint with Max. We did a really good team effort this week and today was one of my really big goals this week," Matthews said. "I wanted to finish it off in a really good way. Soren really sacrificed himself for me today. He was actually the leader of this race but he could see that maybe I had better legs in the final so he pulled the breakaway back to give me the best opportunity in the sprint. I'm just so happy to finish it off.

[Mohoric] was just too strong. We tried everything, we had two riders to try and crack him but he played it really smart and there was not much more that we could do. We threw everything at him and I guess we have to be happy with second."

How it happened

After six days of racing, the fight for the overall classification would come down to one last stage through the hellingen of Flanders. The riders would have to take on 18 climbs, predominantly packed into the second half of the 215km stage, including the Bosberg and the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

Four early climbs made for a hard start to the day and the breakaway went through several incarnations before a group of seven was finally decided upon. Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo) , Jonas Rickaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Balois), Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Ludwig De Winter (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) got up the road after more than 50 kilometres of racing.

The peloton, led by Bahrain-Merida, kept the leaders very much in check and they were not allowed much more than four minutes on the pack. Following the first ascent of the Muur, the gap had been cut down by more than half to just under two minutes. While the main GC contenders chose not to do anything, the climb sparked a number of counter attacks but none would get very far.

On the second lap of the finishing loop, Van Keirsbulck would kick on as the breakaway rode up a short rise. He took Irizar and De Vreese with him but would leave them behind when they hit the Muur for the second time. The Belgian would hold a gap of around a minute for several kilometres before eventually going the way of his former companions.

The Muur would prove to be the main action point throughout the stage with the peloton tackling it in full three times before the final, shorter ascent. Each time up it would see the peloton fracture in various shapes and sizes, but most would eventually be able to make it back to the leading group. Once again, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) would be one of the key aggressors, along with Stybar who jumped clear of the bunch almost as soon as the road rose upwards.

Mohoric struggled to match the explosiveness of the Classics riders but he used the flat sections and descents to haul his way back up every time he was dropped. Inside the final 30 kilometres, a group of riders that included Stybar, Wellens, Naesen, Matthews and Michael Valgren – who was on a neutral service bike after an earlier mechanical, had distanced Mohoric, who was doing his all to make it back.

Naesen attacked his group with under 20 kilometres remaining as it reeled in Paul Martens (LottoNL-Jumbo), who had gone on an earlier attack. As he charged on, the group behind him reformed to make a much larger chase of around 30 riders. Attacks came from all quarters but nobody had enough to make a significant difference and Naesen would be brought back on the penultimate climb after another stinging attack from Stybar.

It had all come back together just before the flamme rouge with Mohoric moving himself to the front of the peloton. He pulled out a small advantage at the foot of the Muur but slipped back as the attacks came. Matthews timed his to perfection, taking the victory by a clear margin with Mohoric holding on for the overall win.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb4:38:36
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:01
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:03
4Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 6 - Cell 2
8Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:07
11Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:09
12Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:11
13Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:13
14Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:16
15Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:18
17Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:23
18Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:28
19Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 18 - Cell 2
20Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:31
21Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 20 - Cell 2
22Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:36
25Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:39
28Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 27 - Cell 2
29Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:45
30Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:52
31Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:54
32Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:11
33Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 32 - Cell 2
34Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 33 - Cell 2
35Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 34 - Cell 2
36Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 37 - Cell 2
39Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:28
40Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:57
41Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:06
42Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:02:11
43Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team0:03:17
44Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:03:43
45Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:03:49
46Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 45 - Cell 2
47Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:04:25
48Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb0:04:55
49Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:04:58
52Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 52 - Cell 2
54Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 53 - Cell 2
55Senne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:01
57Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:05:04
58Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:05:08
59Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 60 - Cell 2
62Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team SunwebRow 61 - Cell 2
63Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:12
64Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:22
67Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 66 - Cell 2
68Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:25
70Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:05:28
71Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team0:05:40
73Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:10:03
75Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:10:08
77Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:10:25
79Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:34
80Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:14:34
81Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 80 - Cell 2
82Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 84 - Cell 2
86Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 85 - Cell 2
87Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 86 - Cell 2
88Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Roger Kluge (Ger) Mitchelton-ScottRow 88 - Cell 2
90Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJan Willem van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFJesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFMads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFAleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFTom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFRúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFMatthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse LoterijRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFLukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFEnzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFDylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFJorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFKristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFFrancisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFLoïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-ScottRow 131 - Cell 2
DNSLukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 132 - Cell 2
DNSFrederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 133 - Cell 2
DNSJulien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
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Primus Checkpoint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij10pts
2Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Primus Checkpoint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert12pts
2Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo7Row 2 - Cell 3
4Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo2Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb30pts
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors17Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky11Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates10Row 9 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quick-Step Floors13:55:57
2Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:50
3UAE Team Emirates0:01:25
7Team Sunweb0:05:04
8Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:05:22
9BMC Racing Team0:05:58
10Lotto Soudal0:06:01
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:06:17
12AG2R La Mondiale0:10:17
14WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:10:59
15Dimension Data0:11:25
16Astana Pro Team0:12:31
17Movistar Team0:15:22
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Final general classification after stage 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida25:13:01
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:05
3Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:20
4Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25
5Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:34
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:37
7Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:00:39
8Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:43
9Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:50
11Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:55
12Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:57
13Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:59
14Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:06
15Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:08
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:10
17Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:17
18Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:22
19Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:24
20Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:26
21Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:01:29
22Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:32
23Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:45
24Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:48
25Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:51
27Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:26
28Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:03:47
29Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:12
30Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:04:39
31Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:05:57
32Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:14
33Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:06:18
34Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb0:06:22
35Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:06:26
36Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:07:23
37Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:08:14
38Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:09:26
39Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:09:54
40Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:11:50
41Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:11:51
42Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:12:12
43Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:12:31
44Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:12:47
45Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo0:14:40
46Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:14:57
47Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:15:32
48Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:15:45
49Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:12
50Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team0:16:15
51Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:17:18
52Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:22
53Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb0:17:27
54Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:17:36
55Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:18:54
56Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:19:03
57Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:19:32
58Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:19:41
59Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:20:01
60Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:20:13
61Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:20:15
62Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:20:35
63Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:21:17
64Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:22:18
65Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:24:40
66Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:24:55
67Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:25:05
68Senne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:25:14
69Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates0:25:21
70Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 69 - Cell 2
71Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:25:47
72Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:25:49
73Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:25:51
74Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:25:54
75Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team0:27:05
76Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:29:38
77Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:29:41
78Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team0:31:13
79Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:31:28
80Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:31:49
81Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:33:09
82Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:33:10
83Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky0:33:54
84Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:34:25
85Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data0:34:32
86Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:34:57
87Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:35:14
88Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:36:35
89Roger Kluge (Ger) Mitchelton-Scott0:37:36
90Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:43:34
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Primus Checkpoint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij58pts
2Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise34Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise29Row 2 - Cell 3
4Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij24Row 3 - Cell 3
5Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team22Row 4 - Cell 3
6Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic18Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida18Row 6 - Cell 3
8Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal10Row 8 - Cell 3
10Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise8Row 9 - Cell 3
11Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors8Row 10 - Cell 3
12Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo7Row 11 - Cell 3
13Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij6Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo6Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team4Row 15 - Cell 3
17Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team4Row 17 - Cell 3
19Zico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2Row 19 - Cell 3
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Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors66pts
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott64Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors51Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb49Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo41Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal40Row 5 - Cell 3
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team40Row 6 - Cell 3
8Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb35Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe32Row 8 - Cell 3
10Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale31Row 9 - Cell 3
11Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe30Row 10 - Cell 3
12Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij30Row 11 - Cell 3
13Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team30Row 12 - Cell 3
14Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team30Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky30Row 14 - Cell 3
16Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida29Row 15 - Cell 3
17Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert29Row 16 - Cell 3
18Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb28Row 17 - Cell 3
19Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal25Row 18 - Cell 3
20Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic25Row 19 - Cell 3
21Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale22Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise19Row 21 - Cell 3
23Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert13Row 22 - Cell 3
24Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott13Row 23 - Cell 3
25Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors12Row 24 - Cell 3
26Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team12Row 25 - Cell 3
27Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert12Row 26 - Cell 3
28Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe11Row 27 - Cell 3
29Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe11Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates10Row 29 - Cell 3
31Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors10Row 30 - Cell 3
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quick-Step Floors75:40:38
3Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:03:46
5Team Sunweb0:05:44
6Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:09:34
7BMC Racing Team0:11:38
8UAE Team Emirates0:11:55
10Lotto Soudal0:16:10
11AG2R La Mondiale0:24:14
12Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:28:47
13Dimension Data0:32:42
14Astana Pro Team0:36:53
15Trek-SegafredoRow 14 - Cell 2
16WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:41:41
18Movistar Team0:55:15

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.

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