Edward Theuns has won the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour. Yves Lampaert tried to surprise the sprinters with a late attack, but he was caught with the finish line within reach. Stefan Küng remains in the lead.
The peloton was treated to heavy rain showers at the start in Lanaken
but the poor weather conditions didn't discourage the riders to floor
the gas pedal. After the first hour the peloton had already completed
49 kilometres. Leader Stefan Küng, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet
and Tony Gallopin tried to make an early move but their attacks were
GORILLA ON THE ATTACK
A Dutch-German offensive was initiated by André Greipel. After finishing 9th and 13th in the first and third stages, the 'Gorilla' decided not to wait and he was joined in his attack by fellow German Nils Pollitt and Dutchman Pim Ligthart. The trio built a maximum gap of 2:35.
In the peloton Bora-Hansgrohe had lots of confidence in its leader Peter Sagan after his two wins earlier in the race The Slovak, who was aiming to win his 100th pro race, made his team bridge the gap to the three attackers and they were duly apprehended with 30 kilometres to go. Meanwhile French sprinter Arnaud Démare had to let the peloton go.
TIME TRIALISTS DERAIL THE SPRINT
Because the early break was caught quite early, the final 30 km were particularly chaotic. Alex Dowsett was the first rider to try and launch an attack in a brave attempt to escape a bunch sprint. The former world hour record holder took half a minute along with Dion Smith. With four kilometres to go the Brit and the New Zeelander were caught.
A new attempt by Yves Lampaert seemed to have a better chance of success. The Belgian time trial champion was looking good to win the stage but with just 100 metres to go he was swamped by the sprinters. Edward Theuns took the lead and held off Marko Kump and Tim Merlier in the sprint. World champion Peter Sagan had to settle for fourth.
KÜNG STAYS IN THE LEAD
In the general classification of the BinckBank Tour BMC rider Stefan Küng stays on top ahead of Maciej Bodnar and Tom Dumoulin. Peter Sagan and Piet Allegaert keep their leader's jerseys in the Lotto points classification and the Primus Combativity classification respectively.