Matej Mohoric took a 30-second lead on Michael Matthews to the final stage of the BinckBank Tour and managed to keep five seconds at the end. 'This overall win in BinckBank Tour is the most beautiful win in my career,' the 23-year-old Slovenian smiled at the finish.
'It was close, but we did it,' Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) said. 'At the start of the stage my teammates kept everything under control and in the final I closed all the gaps myself when it started getting dangerous. Especially Michael Matthews and Sören Kragh Andersen made it hard for me. It was an advantage for me that there was a fight on two different fronts, for the stage and for the overall win. Many riders who weren't a threat for the classification went for the stage victory.'
Mohoric didn't have any experience on cobblestones, but passed the biggest test in his career with flying colours. 'It was hard, but I really enjoyed it,' he continued. 'Who knows, I might come back in the future to do more races in Belgium. Not just in the Ardennes, but also the Flemish classics. We will see. It was a conscious choice to take part in the BinckBank Tour. During the Giro I was allowed to pick one race by the team directors where I was allowed to defend my own chances. I chose the BinckBank Tour!'
'It's my first win in a stage race, so this is the most beautiful win in my career, even better than the stage wins in the Vuelta and Giro,' said the former world champion in the junior and U23 categories. And now, a well-deserved winner of the BinckBank Tour.