Filippo Ganna wins Binck Bank time trial as Tim Wellens retains race lead
Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos) was the fastest in the Binck Bank Tour’s 8.4km time trial around Den Haag, beating his compatriot Edoardo Affini (Mitchelton-Scott) by five seconds.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) was 20 seconds behind Ganna but despite finishing 10th, he was able to extend his lead over Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) to eight seconds. Third on the podium before the final stage is Laurens de Plus (Jumbo-Visma).
“It was my first victory in the Italian national jersey and I was very happy with my performance and my time, too,” Ganna said. “I’m feeling better after a small crash two days ago and I feel better, luckily I didn’t do too much damage."
“I really wanted this win. It’s great it happened. I saved energy in the last few days and so was fresh today. The wind wasn’t too strong and so I was able to produce my best ride.”
The Binck Bank Tour finishes on Sunday with a 178.1km stage from Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Geraardsbergen that takes on the iconic Muur van Geraardsbergen.
VIDEO: 2019 BinckBank Tour Stage 6 Highlights
2019 BinckBank Tour Stage 6 Top 10
1 Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Ineos 0:09:16
2 Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:05
3 Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:08
4 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:11
5 Harry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:15
6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:16
7 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
8 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
9 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:18
10 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:20
2019 BinckBank Tour GC after Stage 6 Top 10
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 17:37:10
2 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 0:00:08
3 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:12
4 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:40
5 Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:43
6 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:45
7 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
8 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:49
9 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data 0:00:53
10 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:54