08/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/18/2019 12:23
The final stage of the BinckBank Tour had the traditional finish in Geraardsbergen, with Laurens De Plus taking the overall win, finishing third behind stage winner Oliver Naesen. Astana rider Laurens De Vreese animated the race, making it in the initial breakaway together with teammate Zhandos Bizhigitov. The Kazakh rider had to let the breakaway go after the first local lap around Geraardsbergen, but De Vreese remained in the first group until the final of the stage. In the end, the first Astana rider to cross the finish was Davide Ballerini, finishing thirtieth.
- Today I've seen a motivated Astana Pro Team, as almost everyone attacked to make it in the breakaway. In the end, Zhandos Bizhigitov and I made it. It was good to show ourselves because this BinckBank Tour didn't work out the way we hoped and worked for. With the way we raced today we showed that we're willing to fight. For myself, it felt good to be in the breakaway in my own region, with many fans cheering for me along the road, - said Laurens De Vreese
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