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Matthews claims Binck Bank Tour final stage win as Mohoric takes overall victory

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Binck Bank Tour 2018 podium

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won the Binck Bank Tour in the biggest win of his career on Sunday after Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) claimed the seventh and final stage.

Mohoric’s landmark World Tour stage triumph came at the main expense of Matthews who took second in the overall standings.

The Sunweb rider fended off Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Zdanek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) to land the closing day’s honours in a bunch finish to the 209.5 kilometre ride.

“I finally showed that I still am capable of winning with all the setbacks I’ve had with my shoulder and being sick and having crashes all through the season,” Matthews said. “I had no results, but it wasn’t because I had really bad legs, I was just unlucky. This week I’ve tried to switch my head around, stay focused and finish it off with a good result, whether it was me or Søren Kragh Andersen. To come out and win the sprint today after Søren sacrificed himself for me to bring that breakaway back is the icing of the cake. For the team to believe in me, to believe that I can still win, it’s really special.”

Mohoric began Sunday’s stage from Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure to Grammont half a minute clear of Matthews. He had led approaching the final climb but his challenge faded, crossing 14sec behind Matthews who picked up bonus points to cut the gap in the general classification to five seconds.

Binck Bank Tour 2018 – stage 7 results (Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure – Geraardsbergen):

1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb

4:38:36

2Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

+01”

3Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

+03”

4Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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5Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

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6Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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7Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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8Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

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9Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

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10Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+07”

 

Final general classification:

1Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

25:13:01

2Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+05”

3Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

+20”

4Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

+25”

5Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

+34”

6Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

+37”

7Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)

+39”

8Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

+43”

9Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

+50”