BinckBank Tour - Victory feels particularly sweet for Edward Theuns
Aug 10 2017 09:42 pm CET

BinckBank Tour - Victory feels particularly sweet for Edward Theuns

Edward Theuns has taken the victory in the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour. This win comes as a reward for a difficult year for the rider, in which he has struggled to return to top form.

In the 2016 Tour de France, Theuns suffered a crash that left him with a fractured vertebra. After months of pain, which finished in the spring when he got his last surgery, he worked hard to be at a great level again.

"It's a big relief, I am really happy," the rider said. "I had a real rough time since I crashed in the Tour last year and I worked really hard to come back. After the spring classics, I again had surgery to take out the pins in my back, and since that surgery, I feel that I am getting stronger every week. I had a great training camp at altitude during the Tour, and now it pays off."

At the last kilometres of the stage, Quick-Step's Yves Lampaert launched a late attack that almost affect the team's plans. "Dirk (Demol) told us in the radio that Lampaert had a pretty good gap, but in the last kilometres to just focus on good positioning and sprinting, so I wasn't really looking at the situation. In the end, the gap opened on the right moment and Boy (van Poppel) could go to the front with me and Jasper (Stuyven).

"When I started the sprint, I was able to go a little bit to his wheel, and it gave me a better slipstream, which was perfect for me. The lead out was really good, and I am super happy to give a reward to the whole team, for the hard work they do."

Belgian crossed the finish line in second position in stage 3 and now he was ready to take a victory. "After yesterday, I really believed in it, and the team believed in it. Already yesterday we were really riding together as a group, and it was close, and today we tried again. Yesterday after the stage Dirk said tomorrow we go again for it, and in the end, it all turned out perfect."
Photo of Edward Theuns (cropped) by Trek-Segafredo.



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