Fourth place for BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Rudi Selig after a superb ride in stage 4 at the Binck Bank Tour.
The fourth stage was dominated by many attacks and highspeed right from the start. Unluckily, BORA – hansgrohe rider Matteo was involved in a crash, he finished the stage but later went to hospital to undergo further examinations. As a result, the BORA – hansgrohe squad focused on Rudi Selig to achieve a good result. The German sprinter did a great job and sprinted to fourth place in a hectic finale. An update on Matteo will be given later on social media.
From Blankenberge, a city in West Flanders close to the North Sea, over 166.3km to Ardooie went today’s fourth stage at the Binck Bank Tour. The peloton was faced with a demanding course and a twisting finale with two local circuits. But all in all, another the for the fast men in the peloton.
The Team Tactics
After yesterday’s surprise, as the breakaway made it to the finish, today’s plan was to control the race and a potential break. The German team wanted to deliver Matteo Pelucchi in a good position to finally achieve a podium spot, but during the race the team had to change the plan after Matteo was involved in a crash and suffered a small injury on his hand.
It was a fast start into today’s stage as after 10km of racing a group of three riders escaped and built up a small gap, but the peloton paid attention and with 85km remaining the group was caught again. At that moment, a new group of five riders, including Jay McCarthy, attacked and tried to distance themselves from the bunch, but the bunch closed the gap after some kilometres. Many riders tried to attack but all attempts failed, therefore the main field headed into the final laps through Ardooie. After Matteo crashed in the first part of the race the team had to switch their focus to Rudi and formed their lead-out for the German sprinter. Approaching the tricky finale, the bunch increased the pace and on the last corner J. Stuyven made the final move and took the stage win with a small gap over the peloton. BORA – hansgrohe rider Rudi Selig sprinted out of the bunch and took yet another strong result as he came in fourth.
01 J. Stuyven 3:44:46
02 C. Ewan +0:00
03 Z. Stybar +0:00
04 R. Selig +0:00
From the Finish Line
“After Matteo crashed, we had a little talk together and decided that I will be the man for the sprint. I tried to save energy until the finale, to fight maybe for the victory. As we arrived in Ardooie, I gave my best and crossed the line in fourth position. A huge thank especially to Jay, Maciej and Juraj, they were amazing in the finale and helped me perfectly.” – Rudi Selig
“Today’s stage along the Belgium coast was windy and super nervous. Therefore, we saw a lot of crashes and unfortunately, Matteo was involved too. Our sprinter crashed was involved in a crash, he finished the stage but later went to hospital to undergo further examinations. We hope that he will be okay. As a result we focused on Rudi, who is normally our lead-out man, and he did very well and finished in fourth place.” – Jens Zemke, sports director