BinckBank Tour: Edward Theuns takes stage, Stefan Küng keeps GC lead
Aug 10 2017 04:30 pm CET

BinckBank Tour: Edward Theuns takes stage, Stefan Küng keeps GC lead

Trek-Segafredo's Edward Theuns has won the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour. On a rainy day, the Belgian was the fastest in the final sprint.

The fourth stage of the Belgian-Dutch race was 154.2 kilometres long with a hilly profile and rainy conditions.

After a bit more than thirty kilometres into the race, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked and were soon joined by Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlanse Loterij).

The trio got an advantage of more than two minutes with a peloton pulled by teams like Sky and Bora-hansgrohe. With 25 kilometres to go, all the escapees were caught and the pace of the peloton continued to be high, leaving riders like Arnaud Demare (FDJ) behind.

At 13 kilometres from the finish Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Dion Smith (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) attacked and created a substantial gap with the peloton. The adventure for the two riders finished with four kilometres to go and the compact group went on to position the sprinters.

Quick-Step Floors' Yves Lampaert launched an attack with two kilometres to go and created a gap but was caught by the sprint trains in the last meters. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) was first to cross the line and was followed by Marko Kump (UAE-Team Emirates) and Tim Merlier (Veranda's Willems-Crelan).

BMC's Stefan Küng remains in the overall lead.
Photo of Edward Theuns (cropped) by Trek-Segafredo.





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