Rafael Valls broke his hip whilst on training, which brings his 2017 season to an end. Valls will soon undergo hip surgery. The Spanish rider will be replaced by Adam Hansen in Lotto Soudal’s line-up for the Vuelta. The Australian had initially not been  selected, but this late change will allow him to go on with his record-breaking run of Grand Tour participations. The sports directors and medical staff hope that his saddle sore will be sufficiently healed, but there is no doubt that Hansen will start his nineteenth Grand Tour in a row with determination. 
Rafael Valls, as well as Jürgen Roelandts and Frederik Frison, will no longer race this season and Louis Vervaeke is still recovering from overfatigue. The number of riders available for the last part of the season has therefore decreased significantly.
The first stage of the BinckBank Tour took place today between Breda and Venray, on a flat 169,8 kilometer course which suited the sprinters. De Vreese, Reinders, Allegaert and McNally took off in the first kilometer and they managed to open a two minutes and forty second gap to the peloton. The breakaway stayed at the front for most of the day but in the end the four riders were caught back three kilometers before the finish line. Peter Sagan took the win in the sprint, ahead of Phil Bauhaus and Magnus Cort Nielsen. André Greipel crossed the line in ninth place. Sagan becomes the first leader of this year’s edition, one second ahead of Laurens De Vreese, who took nine bonus seconds in the Golden Kilometer.