Team Sunweb rider Tom Dumoulin wrapped up the overall win at the BinckBank Tour stage race, winning the weeklong WorldTour race through the Netherlands and Belgium with a pivotal ride on the penultimate stage and a strong team performance throughout the week.
“It’s great to finally get the win here after a few years of being close, said Dumoulin of the major stage race formerly known as the Eneco Tour. “This was our goal and we all had to come together to make it happen, which we did.”
In addition to Dumoulin’s overall win, the team’s young sprinter Phil Bauhaus took a close second to world champion Pete Sagan in a sprint finish on Stage 1. Wearing the Giant Pursuit aero road helmet, Bauhaus just missed the win in a photo finish.
Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d’Italia champion, moved into the race lead on the pivotal Stage 6 in the Ardennes of Belgium, a wet and windy race that challenged riders with 14 climbs and some torrential rainstorms. The Dutchman joined Belgian Tim Wellens in a late attack from a select front group, finishing second on his TCR Advanced SL to move into the lead with one stage to go.
Dumoulin started Sunday’s final stage with a 4-second lead in the general classification. He ended up finishing third to seal the overall win.
“The team was super strong every day, and today it was up to us but we had it all under control and I had good legs,” Dumoulin said after the final stage.
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers praised Dumoulin and his teammates for working together to secure the win.
“We’re really happy with this win for the team and the great job that the guys have done here,” Veelers said. “The stage started with a big fight for the break, and the nine-man group that went was an ideal situation for us. We didn’t have to work until the start of the local lap and there we saw a big fight on the climbs—but we stayed calm and could follow with Tom who was really strong once again today.”