BinckBank Tour 2017: Theuns sprints to victory, Küng still in overall lead
The 4th stage of the BinckBank Tour is played out on gently rolling terrain. A late attack by Yves Lampaert ends in sight of the line before Edward Theuns sprints to the win. Stefan Küng retains in the overall lead. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 4th stage 2017 BinckBank Tour
1. Edward Theuns (bel) s.t.
2. Marko Kump (slo) s.t.
3. Tim Merlier (bel) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (Swl) s.t.
5. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
6. Danny van Poppel (nld) s.t.
7. Magnus Cort Nielsen (den) s.t.
8. Marc Sarreau (fra) s.t.
9. Phil Bauhaus (ger) s.t.
10. Sep Vanmarcke (bel) s.t.
GC after the 4th stage
1. Stefan Küng (swi)
2. Maciej Bodnar (pol) + 0.04
3. Tom Dumoulin (nld) + 0.05
4. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
5. Søren Kragh Andersen (den) + 0.08
6. Lars Boom (nld) + 0.10
7. Yves Lampaert (bel) + 0.12
8. Matthias Brändle (aut) + 0.14
9. Edward Theuns (bel) + 0.17
10. Tim Wellens (bel) s.t.
17. Niki Terpstra (nld) + 0.25
20. Philippe Gilbert (bel) + 0.26
24. Greg Van Avermaet (bel) + 0.28
In rainy conditions the race stays bunched until the first passage in Lanaken. Then André Greipel and Nils Politt give it go while Pim Ligthart chases them down. The trio races to a maximum lead of more than 2 minutes.
Shortly after the last passage on the line the leaders are reeled in and with 12 kms remaining Dion Smith and Alex Dowsett go on the attack. They are brought back after an 8 kms effort before Yves Lampaert heads for glory. The home-rider is still in front come the finishing straight, but his compatriot Jasper Stuyven brings him back in the slightly uphill final metres. A third Belgian, Edward Theuns, finishes the job of his team-mate, outsprinting Marko Kump and Tim Merlier, while Peter Sagan comes in fourth.
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