The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders worked well together in the final on stage 1 of BinckBank Tour. The team helped setting the pace in the peloton, making sure the stage would end in a bunch sprint. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) took the win.
On paper, today’s stage was set to be one for the many fast riders in this year’s edition of the Dutch World Tour race. Therefore, it was no surprise to see a break of only four riders getting away early on the stage. The teams of the sprinters kept the front group on a tight leash, never letting the gap get much bigger than just two minutes.
As the riders took on the final 20 km of the stage, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka went to the front of the peloton to increase the pace. The team put in a huge effort and the distance between the pack and the breakaway started to decrease rapidly. Ultimately, the front quartet got caught with under five kilometers to go, giving the sprinters their wished-for opportunity to fight for glory.
Ryan Gibbons was well-placed in the wheel of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg as they entered the final kilometers but unfortunately, the dynamic duo never got a chance to move up in order for Gibbons to launch his sprint. The South African neo-pro had to settle for 26 th place as Sagan narrowly beat Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) on the line.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg:
“This was a pretty easy day in the peloton. However, with so many fresh teams, it became quite chaotic towards the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough guys left for the final to get into a good position and we ended up stuck behind the others”.