Stannard in the break again on stage 5 of BinckBank TourFri 16 Aug 2019
Neo-pro Robert Stannard has spent another day in the breakaway on stage five at the BinckBank Tour.
After a longer battle to form than previous days, Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Stannard joined three others on the move, but they were caught with four kilometres to go in what was another bunch sprint.
A while for the break:
Despite a long and flat parcourse, it was another uneasy stage with multiple breakaway attempts and no one given much leeway out in front.
Stannard made the day’s main breakaway attempt with three others for company, but they too were limited to an advantage of just two and a half minutes before it was reduced to under two minutes.
Despite the limited advantage, the quartet remained out in the lead until they were eventually reeled in with four kilometres to go ahead of the final sprint won by Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quickstep).
"Today the break took at least 70km to get away, everyone wanted to be there because in theory it could have been a good day for the break to stay away.
"The general classification is already shaped and Bora already has three stage wins, plus tired legs from the hard stage yesterday, it could have caused some hesitation as to who was going to pull it back.
"I managed to jump in the move at the right time and finally they let us ride away. But we never had much more than two minutes. In the break we picked up the pace with 45km to go to try and hold off the chase, and were only caught with four kilometres remaining.
"It has been really good to get some experience at this race riding in the breakaways, and it is always a potential opportunity for a result."
BinckBank Tour – Stage 5 Results:
1. Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 3:54:48
2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
3. Edward Theuns (Trek Segafredo) ST
BinckBankTour – General Classification after Stage 5:
1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) 17:27:34
2. Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) +0:04
3. Laurens de Plus (Jumbo-Visman) +0:14
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