Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage at BinckBank Tour: It’s unbelievable that we made it with the breakaway
Aug 17 2018 09:16 pm CET

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage at BinckBank Tour: It’s unbelievable that we made it with the breakaway
Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage at BinckBank Tour: It’s unbelievable that we made it with the breakaway
Astana

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) has taken the victory at the fourth stage of the Binck Bank Tour. The Dane was the fastest of the breakaway of the day.

The escape of the 204.4-kilometre stage between Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and Lanaken was formed in the first seven kilometres and included three riders: Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Julius Van den Berg (EF Education First) and Jonas Rickaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), some kilometres later they were joined by AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Gougeard.

The front group managed to create a gap of more than four minutes and even though the peloton tried to close the gap in the last kilometres, every effort was unsuccessful. Rickaert was set to take the leader's jersey but he had a puncture in the last kilometres and crashed against his team's car.

Cort Nielsen showed to be the best sprinter of the trio, Van der Berg and Gougeard were second and third. Rickaert was fourth and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) was the fastest of the peloton.

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) keeps the GC lead for another day.

"It’s unbelievable that we made it with the breakaway, as the sprinter teams were aware that it’s not easy to catch the breakaway during this BinckBank Tour," said Magnus Cort at the end of the stage.

"But all the riders in the break committed 100% and we worked very well together. We were able to save some energy until the final hour of the race, and during this hour we gave it all to stay clear from the peloton. I’m very happy with the victory, it’s a special way to win."






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