With one stage to go Tom Dumoulin has taken over the lead in the BinckBank Tour from Lars Boom. The Dutchman was second behind Tim Wellens in a strong sixth stage to Houffalize.
At first Dumoulin didn't have an answer to Wellens' attack but soon
enough he managed to bridge the gap. "I joined Wellens in the Binck
Gouden Kilometer but I didn't feel great", the Dutchman said. "It was
very cold as well. I knew my margin was big enough and managed to pull
here and there.
"In the final four kilometres I was really finished. I could do nothing but follow Wellens. I'm happy I managed to stay with him until the finish."
Dumoulin has taken over the lead in the general classification. "That's great of course," the winner of the past Giro d' Italia continued. "We have a good team but my lead is small. Wellens is only four seconds behind, so it will be an exciting final stage on Sunday. Wellens will undoubtedly make my life difficult, so it's up to me to follow him. I can't do much else than focus on Wellens."