The opening stage of the BinckBank Tour went to form, eventually, as it resulted in a bunch sprint in Bolsward won by Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors).
He 21-year old followed home by Marcel Kittel (Katusha) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).
A six-man breakaway spent most of the stage away and it was only in the final stages (15km) that it came to an end as the peloton erased their advantage. With around 10km to go a crash affected the likes of Magnus Coert Neilsen as well as our own Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, almost immediately after which Jan Willem Van Schip launched an attack of his own, opening up a small gap.
The peloton though closed him down and Jakobsen proved quickest in the final stages with birthday boy Ryan Gibbons in a decent position but ultimately just slightly too far back to compete among the front-runners.
JP Heynderickx – Sports Director
It was quite a stressful stage with a lot of open fields and thunderstorms but at the end it was the expected bunch sprint. Reinardt had a crash with 10km to go but did make it back to the bunch and he was in a good position with 1km to go. Unfortunately though he had lost just that little bit of power as a result of the effort having had to pull himself back. Julien had a crash too but both seem fine.