The winner in the seventeenth year of cycling around the Benelux was Italian Sonny Colbrelli of the victorious Bahrain team.
Photo: TASRAnd Radovan Stocklassa
Peter Sagan and Eric Baska in an archive photo.
The last seventh stage, which led from Namur to Giraardsberg and covered an area of 177.9 km, was best managed by fellow Slovenian Mate Muhoric, who managed to escape from the pursuers.
Colbrelli finished in second place.
Bora – Peter Sagan of Hansgrohe finished 10th in the final, 24 seconds behind the winner.
He will then start at the European Championships in Italy. Next Sunday, he will be one of the candidates in the mass start race.
In Flanders, eleven races reached the top on Sunday. However, the number and composition of the group in the dropout were mixed with slight regressions.
Fifty kilometers before the end of the match, the quartet Mohorič, Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Brandon McNulty (UAE team) and Victor Kampinarts (Qhubeka ASSOS team) were in front by twenty seconds.
On the climb to Muur van Geraardsbergen, peloton dealt with the escape and fought Mohorič, who was on his own, only narrowly ahead.
The Slovenian escaped with all his might from the pursuers, including Sagan and Bosberg, repelling all attacks and maintaining the lead to the end.
Facts from around the Benelux
7 – Etapa (Namur – Gerardsbergen, 277.9 km): 1. Matej Mohoric (Sloven / Bahrain victorious) 3:50:56 h, 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Tall / Bahrain Victorious) +11 s, 3. Tom Dumoulin (Hall / Jumbo-Visma) +15, 4. Christophe Laporte ( Sr/Cofidis, Credit Solutions) +22, 5. Fred Wright (V. Tom Van Asbruck (Belgium/Israel Start-Up Nation), 8. Tiesj Benoot (Belg./Team DSM), 10. Peter Sagan (SR/Bora) -hansgrohe) at the same time
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