One day after the successful breakaway of Taco van der Hoorn, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert stood out in the sprint in the Benelux Tour (2.WT, 30/08-5/09). The entirely flat stage of 166 kilometer connected Aalter with Ardooie, in West-Flanders.
In contrary to the day before, the peloton caught the breakaway already with 50 kilometer to go, before entering the five local laps around Ardooie. Several breakaway attempts colored the race and also the Golden Kilometer animated the final, but the stage ended in an expected bunch sprint. Danny Van Poppel knows the finish in the Stationsstraat as he finished 2nd in 2016. He was guided to the final kilometer by his sprint train and launched the sprint from far. Only Tim Merlier and Mads Pedersen passed him in the final 50 meter.
After three chances for sprinters and a time trial, hills are waiting for punchers and climbers in the final three days. Fifteen hills are spread on the parcours of 192 kilometer between Riemst and Bilzen.