BLZEN – Slovakian Peter Sagan of Team Bora Hansgrohe finished fourth in Friday’s fifth stage of a race around the Benelux. After 188 kilometers, Caleb Ewan (Loto-Sudal) defeated Italian Sonny Colbrelli (victor of Bahrain) and Danny van Poppel of the Netherlands (Wante-Joubert). Switzerland’s Stefan Bisiger lost the blue jersey to the lead rider, who after the fifth stage wore his compatriot Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ).
In the fifth stage, which had a wavy profile, Hugo Holly (Astana), Jack Bauer (BikeExchange) and Tom Skoggins (Trek-Segafredo) survived at the start. The trio made a lead of more than three minutes. Forty kilometers from the finish line, Jasper Stuyven (Trek) wanted to stir up action, but his attempt destroyed the peloton.
After the lead trio’s lead fell to less than a minute, Sagan rode cautiously and held onto the front. Then the escape swept the peloton and it was clear that the winner would be determined by the final boom. Sagan took the lead, but Ewan had the most power.
BeneluxTour September 3, 2021
“The goal was a bit daunting, which suits me. I ride for the Belgian team, so I’m glad I also won a stage victory in this country”, The winner of the stage was announced to Eurosport TV. Saturday’s program includes a 6-mountain stage that runs from Ottignies-Neuve to Houffalize and covers an area of 208 km.
Okolo Beneluxu (BinckBank Tour) – 5. Etapa (Rimst – Pilsen, 188 km): 1. Caleb Ewan (Australia/Lotto-Sodal) h, 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Tall/Bahrain-Victorius), 3. Danny Van Poppel (Hall/Intermarchy-Wantee-Jubert Matero), 4. Peter Sagan (SAR)/ Bora-Hansgrohe), 5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel./Trek-Segafredo) same time winner
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