Today, the seventh and last stage of the BinckBank Tour took place between Essen and Geraardsbergen. The final local circuit of the race was inspired by the cobbled-classics as the riders has to conquer no less than the Muur van Geraardsbergen, the Bosberg and the Denderoordberg. The riders had to tackle this lap on two occasions before crossing the finish line. The race had flat and wide roads in the early kilometers of the race, which made it hard to go clear. After forty kilometers, a group of seven riders finally established a solid lead to the peloton and this breakaway was later joined by two chasers. Bole, Dehaes, Martin, Merlier, Reinders, Rickaert, Thompson, van Hecke and Viviani rode very well together until the first climb of the Muur, which split the breakaway as well as the peloton. All the escapees were finally reeled in after Peter Sagan attacked on the second ascent of the Muur. The world champion accelerated again on the Denderoordberg with five kilometers to go, but Tim Wellens could fortunately rejoin the small group, which also included Greg Van Avermaet and Tom Dumoulin. After a few attacks, Jasper Stuyven had a significant gap to the chasing group and the Trek-Segafredo rider managed to keep a small lead until the finish line. Philippe Gilbert and Tom Dumoulin sprinted to second and third. Unfortunately, Tim Wellens was not able to claw back the four seconds he needed to win the overall classification as Tom Dumoulin took bonus seconds both in the golden kilometer and on the finish line. The Dutchman is therefore the overall winner of this BinckBank Tour, seventeen seconds ahead of Tim Wellens, who was satisfied with his result: 

Tim Wellens: « I felt really good a whole week long, but today was probably my least good day. There was an opportunity to take bonus seconds in the golden kilometer as we were in a group of riders without Tom Dumoulin. Unfortunately we got caught and I lost an extra second in the third sprint. On the line I had already spent a lot of energy as I had to close a gap in the last lap. I felt at that point that it was going to be really difficult to drop Tom Dumoulin today. At the end of the day, I’m satisfied with the result, Dumoulin deserves this victory and I’m happy that I could perform at this level. A second place is always a bit of a disappointment, but I think I would have been happy with this place if someone had told me that before this race. Yesterday’s stage victory is something I find very important, because I was able to win ahead of really strong classics riders. I think second overall is the highest place we could reach after this week, and I have to thank my teammates for their work and support. It was a great team performance throughout the race. »