Welcome to live coverage of stage 7 of the BinckBank Tour
Good afternoon to you all and welcome to coverage of the final stage of the BinckBank Tour. After a downright miserable day yesterday, the weather is being a bit kinder to the riders for now.
Tim Wellens and Tom Dumoulin are the two riders with the best chance of overall victory at the end of the day after they broke clear of their rivals in the final part of yesterday's stage. Former champion Wellens was the winner on the day yesterday.
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:04:36
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:20
7 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:42
9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
10 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
Dumoulin wasn't able to get past Wellens in the run to the line yesterday, but he did enough to put him in the driving seat for today. He leads the GC by four seconds over Wellens.
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 20:27:49
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:04
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:46
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:52
5 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:02
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:09
7 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:46
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:48
9 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:02:13
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
The riders are well under way today and there is a group of nine riders clear of the peloton at the moment, with a few familiar names up there. Tony Martin is a glutton for punishment and is on the attack again with Elia Viviani, Jay Thomson, Grega Bole, Kenny Dehaes, Elmar Reinders and Tim Merlier. They have been joined by Jonas Rickaert and Preben Van Hecke. The group has more than two minutes on the peloton.
We've already had one race finish today with Lotta Lepisto winning a very agressive Crescent Vargarda. If you missed what was a very exciting race then read up on the race here.
While the leader's jersey is still well and truly up for grabs, there are a few jersey's that are done and dusted. Piet Allegaert has been very aggressive throughout the race and wins the intermediate sprint competition and a lot of beer to go with it.
The gap to the nine leaders now sits at 2:30.
Tom Dumoulin is expecting a tough fight for overall victory today. He spoke to Belgian broadcaster Sporza this morning and had this to say: "It's going to be a hard day, but I'm confident. The tactics? I especially need to focus on Tim Wellens."
66km remaining from 191km
With 66km to go, the peloton has pulled back the escapees to 1:40. Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sunweb are doing the work on the front of the peloton.
The riders are fast approaching the infamous Muur van Geraardsbergen. It is here that Philippe Gilbert and Quick-Step Floors blew up the race at the Tour of Flanders earlier this year.
@OricaScott Sun, 13th Aug 2017 12:52:10
The gap continues to tumble as the Muur looms large. The nine leaders have just 1:25 of an advantage.
The riders have just passed through Geraardsbergen and will be on the climb proper in no time.
Viviani puts in a little dig on the Muur, stringing the breakaway out.
44km remaining from 191km
Behind the breakaway, the peloton has blown apart with several riders attacking off the front, including Danny van Poppel.
@TrekSegafredo Sun, 13th Aug 2017 13:09:16
So it looks like several members of the initial breakaway have now been brought back by the chasing group and the peloton. Tony Martin and Elia Viviani have 1 minute on the chasers. That chasing group contains Van Poppel, Wout van Aert, Preben van Hecke and Kenny Dehaes.
News coming in that Andre Greipel has abandoned.
Viviani and Martin have 1:20 on the peloton and 50 seconds on the group of chasers. Van Poppel and Van Aert, who went clear on the Bosberg, now have Grega Bole with them. The remnants of the breakaway are just behind them and about the be reabsorbed.
Dimonsion Data and Bora-Hansgrohe are setting a tough pace in the peloton as they cut the gap to the two leaders to just 44 seconds. The trio of chasers are still stuck in the middle but it won't be long before they are brought back.
@Cyclingnewsfeed Sun, 13th Aug 2017 13:20:59
30km remaining from 191km
The riders are on the Dendoordberg. The three chasers can see the two leaders up ahead, but the peloton is not that far behind.
Riders are getting dropped from the bunch and Jon Dibben is one of the victims of the pace.
The three chasers have caught up with the two leaders so we now have five riders out front. Can they extend their 24-second lead on the peloton or will it all be brought back together?
27km remaining from 191km
BMC has come to the front and has brought the advantage to just 18 seconds. They are looking to set-up Van Avermaet who has won in Geraardsbergen in the past.
We will surely see some attacks from this leading group, the question is just 'who and when?'
As Tony Martin attacks the breakaway on the Muur, Peter Sagan attacks from the peloton and passes everybody.
23km remaining from 191km
Over the top and Sagan has a good gap and the riders are coming over in ones and twos. Wellens is trying to get back to Sagan with Stuyven.
Sunweb is leading the chase behind Sagan. They're almost there.
Martin is with that leading trio now and the Tom Dumoulin group has bridged over. Vanmarck and Boom are still trying to make contact.
Sutterlin has now attacked
Valgren has brought back Sutterlin now with Sagan.
The golden kilometre is coming up. Wellens will be very interested in that.
Viviani attacks. The Italian was dropped on the Muur but came back.
20km remaining from 191km
Viviani has been caught and past by Postlberger. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider mops up the seconds at the first sprint, with Viviani and Boom just behind. The pair are about to be caught by Tony Martin.
It's almost all back together over the top of the Bosberg. Just Postlberger left out front.
Gilbert is in that chasing group and he now attacks.
He slows, looks over his shoulder and goes again. Gilbert will be annoyed that he missed out yesterday.
Sagan will also be annoyed about how yesterday worked out. He was in a very good position when he suffered a puncture. By having Postlberger out front he can sit in the wheels a bit more.
That was one of the main problems for Sagan yesterday, nobody wanted to help him chase and he got frustrated and gave up.
Postlberger mopping up all the bonus seconds available in this golden kilometre. Gilbert gets a few bonus seconds for himself too. Although, he's over two minutes down so it won't matter too much.
15km remaining from 191km
It is all together again in the bunch once again, which has padded out to abotu 30-40 riders. BMC and Trek are pushing things on.
A lot of chess games as Kung puts in a little attack to try and force the others to work. He sits up but now LottoNL and Movistar has a go. They are brought back though.
Attacks upon attacks coming and the peloton is strung out. Peter Sagan is sitting near the back of the group. He needs something from the team car.
It is a mechanical problem. The car is with him quickly and he's on a new bike.
He's in the slipstream of the Trek car and he should be back in the peloton soon.
12km remaining from 191km
Tony Martin is not to concerned about Sagan and he attacks.
Mads Pedersen is trying to chase down Martin but the German is extending his lead bit by bit.
Weening, however, has managed to get to Martin. He's passed him and carries on.
11km remaining from 191km
Weening knows how to win from the breakaway, he's done it at the Giro d'Italia before. He's only got a small gap though.
Martin and Devenyns have joined up with Weening and the peloton is closing in with Janse van Rensberg leading the way. Peter Sagan is back in the group.
It's all change again and Weening is back in the group. Martin and Devenyns push on. The gap is marginal.
It's all back together again and more attacks are going off the front. It is Van Emden.
Politt has caught up with Van Emden. Quick-Step Floors doing the chasing behind.
6km remaining from 191km
Gruppo compatto once again. It is very difficult for anyone to get away with such a high pace. The peloton is in one long line.
Vakoc on the front of the peloton. He's shouting into the radio, getting information on his leader Gilbert.
5km remaining from 191km
Vakoc is done for the day and Trek-Segafredo comes to the front. They're on a cobbled sector as Sagan tries to move up the side of the bunch.
Van Avermaet attack, Sagan follows
Sagan kicks again and passes Van Avermaet. Dumoulin is not too far behind. Wellens has been dropped.
Sutterlin is with Dumoulin and they are chasing down Van Avermaet and Sagan.
Wellens has regrouped and is leading the chase behind and he's almost back with the leading riders.
After dropping off the front a little earlier, Vakoc is now on the attack.
He's caught by Valgren and Vanmarcke. Naesen is also there.
3km remaining from 191km
They are all brought back and now it's Stuyven on the attack. This is the sort of distance he can win from.
There is now chase behind at the moment. Sagan is refusing to chase so it's up to someone else.
1km remaining from 191km
The riders are looking at each other in this second group. Trek-Segafredo moves to the front to try and slow things down. Stuyven has 10 seconds on the bunch.
Stuyven is into the final kilometre. It looks like he might have this
Stuyven powers up the climb. The group is not too far behind him but it looks like the Belgian has the gap.
Van Baarle leads the chase behind
Now it's Gilbert but it's too late
Stuyven wins the final stage of the BinckBank Tour
Tom Dumoulin celebrates because he has the overall victory
Stuyven is flat out on the ground. He hardly has the energy to accept the congratulations of his teammate. He gave everything for that.
@TrekSegafredo Sun, 13th Aug 2017 14:12:40
Confirmation of the top 10 from today's stage shows that Stuyven had just a single second on the chasers. That was so close.
Wellens actually lost time in that finish and Dumoulin wins the overall title by 17 seconds. Stuyvan overtakes Van Avermaet to take third place overall.
Gilbert takes a quick drink after the stage. That was some tough racing.
The top 10 classification for today's stage.
1 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 4:06:48
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:01
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
9 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
10 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
And the final general classification
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 24:34:33
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:17
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:46
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:51
5 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:14
6 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:15
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:53
8 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:59
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:12
10 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:23
@Cyclingnewsfeed Sun, 13th Aug 2017 14:14:55
That is all from the BinckBank Tour this week. We will have a short break from live coverage before the Vuelta a Espana begins next weekend.
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