August 21, 2017
Dumoulin wins BinckBank Tour
Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin has won the 13th edition of the BinckBank Tour, with a margin of 17 seconds over Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) with Jasper Stuyven in third at 46 seconds.
The winner of the 2017 Giro D'Italia took over the lead in the seven stage race on stage six and had only a slim four second lead over Wellens starting the final stage. The Dutchman played a canny race adding 13 seconds through time bonuses in the 'Golden kilometre' and and at the finish.
Tom Dumoulin © BinckBank Tour
"At the start of the stage my legs still felt tired but in the final I managed to push through it," Dumoulin commented after the race. "After an earlier attack I was too far back but fortunately Sören Kragh Andersen was around to close the gap. The past week we've shown as a team that we're very strong. I am proud of the job the guys did here."
Despite hanging onto a very small lead Dumoulin never lost his cool. "Four seconds is not a lot," the 26-year-old admitted. "A few years ago I would have been very nervous but thanks to my experience I can handle it a lot better now. I knew in advance your lead will come under attack but I kept very calm."