Sport • 15 August, 2019

Binckbank tour. Stage 3. Laurens de Vreese attacks and crashes on another day for the sprinters

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It is reported by the press service of the club.

While Sam Bennett took his third consecutive win on stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour, Laurens De Vreese animated the race with an early attack. After being caught by the peloton, he was involved in a crash, but he was able to return in the pack without any serious injuries. In the end, Davide Ballerini was well-placed in the final corner for a sprint, but he got stuck behind a crash and was not able to sprint. 
 
It was our goal today to make it in the breakaway, so I decided to attack, and we took off with a small group. It was good for me to make this effort and a nice way to show our colors at the front of the race. But due to the hard wind and losing one of the breakaway riders with a mechanical, we knew it would be hard to keep the advantage on the peloton that started to chase. It was a nervous day, with some crashes. After we got caught, I was involved in a crash but without any serious injuries. I returned in the peloton and tried to get Davide Ballerini in a good position, but he got blocked by a crash in the final. Now we look forward to tomorrow, where I will work as hard as possible for Davide Ballerini and Manuele Boaro, as I think they can have a strong race tomorrow- said Laurens De Vreese.

With start and finish in Aalter, covering 166,6 flat kilometers, stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour suited the sprinters. De Vreese and three other riders decided to attack, but the peloton didn’t let them go until the final. With more than 70 kilometers to go, they got caught by the peloton. Another small breakaway was formed, but in the end, everything came back together for another bunch sprint. A photo finish decided that Sam Bennett took his third win in front of Dylan Groenewegen, still leading the race overall.

Stage 4 will lead the peloton into the Ardennes, with start and finish in Houffalize, covering 96,2 kilometers over an intense course with multiple climbs.
 
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