Stannard in the break on stage two of BinckBank Tour

Tue 13 Aug 2019

After being Mitchelton-SCOTT’s top finisher yesterday, neo-pro Robert Stannard joined a move of six riders to form the day’s main breakaway on stage two at the BinckBank Tour.

The break was caught with five kilometres remaining ahead of the eventual bunch sprint, but not before Stannard claimed six bonus seconds in the golden kilometre. New Zealand’s Jack Bauer was the team’s top finisher today, rolling in behind Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) who claimed his second consecutive stage win. 

Golden Kilometre:
Stannard joined Josef Cerny (CCC Pro Team), Jesper Asselman (Roompot - Charles), Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise), Baptite Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Damien Gaudin (Total Direct Energie) to form the breakaway in the opening 20km of racing.

The group never managed to create a huge gap, with the peloton keeping their advantage under three minutes but they managed to stay away long enough to contest the golden kilometre. 

With three opportunities for bonus seconds it was Cerny who claimed a clean sweep, with Stannard settling for second place in each one to collect six bonus seconds. 

Back together for the sprint:
With just one-minute separating the group from the bunch into the final 25km, the day looked set for another sprint finish and that was confirmed when they were swept up with five kilometres left to race. 

A series of corners again made for a difficult sprint, but it was Bennett who once again navigated it to perfections to claim another stage win. Bauer finished XX for Mitchelton-SCOTT with Stannard also managing to hold onto the bunch.

Robert Stannard:
“I was looking to make the move from the start, so that plan went pretty well. The break went away reasonably quickly and everyone there was working well, all the way until the end.  

“The first goal for everyone really was the golden kilometre and once we had sprinted for that the focus quickly changed to staying away to the end.

“There was still a lot of motivation in the break even when we had less than 20 seconds, there is always the chance that in one of these technical finishing circuits that something like a crash happens in the bunch and we manage to stay away to the finish, but we were caught with about 5km and it was still a positive after getting the bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint.”

BinckBank Tour – Stage 2 Results:
1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:45:20
2. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) ST
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) ST

BinckBank Tour – General Classification after Stage 2:
1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 7:27:57
2. Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC Pro Team) +0:12
3. Josef Cerny (CCC Pro Team) +0:14
7. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:14

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