Zdenek Stybar wins E3 BinckBank Classic 2019

Zdenek Stybar wins E3 BinckBank 2019

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) won the E3 BinckBank Classic, the first one-day race of the Flemish Cycling Week on Friday.

Stybar outsprinted the other members of a small breakaway group to the finish line in Waregem. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), was second with countryman Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) third.

A second victory in the classic for Stybar continued a strong spring for himself and for Deceuninck-Quick-Step team. The Czech won the Het Nieuwsblad in February.

“It’s a big pleasure for me to be there with such a shape and now I’m really looking forward to Tour of Flanders,” said Stybar.

With 57 kilometres to go, Bob Jungels made a move from the pack and kilometres later joined the front group. His move was later copied by Katusha-Alpecin’s Nils Pollit and Movistar’s Jasha Sütterlin.

Jungels wasn’t content with the uncooperative companions and attacked on the Karnemelkbeekstraat climb with about 30 kilometers to go. Around that point, he held a gap of about 40 seconds on the group of chasers, which featured Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), van Aert, and Stybar.

Van Avermaet wasn’t about to take his chances with an even larger group of favorites. So, he set off on the attack with 20 kilometers to go. Only Van Aert, Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First), and Stybar could follow Van Avermaet’s attack.

Jungels was caught at seven kilometres from the finish line. The five men arrived together to the final kilometre and the first man to launch the sprint was Van Avermaet but he was soon overtaken by Stybar, who crossed the line in the first position.

E3 BinckBank Classic 2019 results:

1Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)


3Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)


4Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)


5Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


6Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)


7Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)


10Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)


11Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12Sebastian Langeveld (EF Education First)


13Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)


14Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)


15Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie)


16Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


17Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


18Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


19Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin)


20Magnus Cort (Astana)



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