Marcel Kittel wins stage in Ster ZLM Toer, overall victory for Jose Goncalves
Jun 18 2017 03:53 pm CET

Marcel Kittel of QuickStep Floors has won the final stage of the Ster ZLM Toer. Katusha-Alpecin's Jose Goncalves secured the overall victory.

After a day in the Ardennes, the peloton returned to a flatter environment with a 180.9km long stage with start and finish in the city of Oss, in the south of the Netherlands.

Jasper Hamelink of Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam P/B Mantel and Jim Aernouts of Telenet Fidea Lions spent some time ahead of the peloton. Aernouts dropped his companion at around 60 kilometers from the line and was later joined by compatriot Stijn Steels of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

The two Belgians gave it their all but were caught at 50 kilmeters from the finish. Metec rider Tijmen Eising then tried his luck but he too was reeled in with 15 kilometers to go.

In the final sprint, Kittel finished just ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen who had already won two stages in this race. German Andre Greipen of Lotto-Soudal came in third.

There were no major changes in the overall classification, allowing Goncalves to take the final victory ahead of Laurens de Plus (QuickStep Floors) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Goncalves is the first Portuguese rider to win the race since its creation in 1987.
Photo of Marcel Kittel (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media




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