Jasper Stuyven has the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour to his name. Our 26-year-old compatriot (Pull-Segafredo) surprised the peloton in the slotkilometers and remained an inevitable bunch sprint after 165 kilometers between Blankenberge and Ardooie yet. Caleb Ewan won the sprint for second place for Zdenek Stybar. Matej Mohoric remains the leader.
For Stuyven is the first true victory of the season (he won the After-Tourcriterium from Heusden-Zolder). In the spring he obtained close results in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad (fourth), Milan-Sanremo (one tenth), E3 Harelbeke (sixth), Ghent-Wevelgem (ninth), Tour of Flanders (seventh) and Paris-Roubaix (fifth). Stuyven took the bronze medal at the BK and just missed out on a her after a stage win in the Tour. In Ardooie was the finally price. Last year had Stuyven wait until the final stage of the BinckBank Tour for his first victory of the season to address. The victory is also a nice tribute to his afscheidnemend sports director Dirk Demol that of Ardooie.
“I was this morning with this diagram in my head,” said Stuyven afterwards. “That finish with the chicane in the final kilometre, is already a few years the same. I knew that it might be possible to have that many big guys here to surprise. Thanks to a super-strong team, which is very, very hard on the end. They were very passionate, went to full power and left at the right time a hole will fall. Last year I went here for the gc, but now I view it more day by day. Because that trial had a different twist to the standings and there is no Ardennenrit more in comparison with last year.”
The fifth stage will take the riders Friday about 204,4 km from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Lanaken. The BinckBank Tour has a total of seven stages and ends on Sunday.
1. Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek – Segafredo 3:44:45
2. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Mitchelton – Scott “
3. Zdenek Ntybar (CZE) Quick-Step Floors “
4. Rüdiger Selig (GER) BORA – hansgrohe “
5. Timothy Dupont (BEL) Wanty – Groupe Gobert “
6. Jempy Drücker (LUX) BMC Racing Team “
7. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data “
8. Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) Team EF Education First – “ Drapac p/b Cannondale
9. Daniel Hoelgård (NOR) Groupama – FDJ “
10. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team LottoNL – Jumbo “