Start Location: Essen
End Location: Geraardsbergen
Start Location: Essen
End Location: Geraardsbergen
That is all from the BinckBank Tour this week. We will have a short break from live coverage before the Vuelta a Espana begins next weekend.
And the final general classification
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 24:34:33
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:17
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:46
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:51
5 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:14
6 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:15
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:53
8 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:59
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:12
10 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:23
The top 10 classification for today's stage.
1 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 4:06:48
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:01
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
9 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
10 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
Gilbert takes a quick drink after the stage. That was some tough racing.
Wellens actually lost time in that finish and Dumoulin wins the overall title by 17 seconds. Stuyvan overtakes Van Avermaet to take third place overall.
Confirmation of the top 10 from today's stage shows that Stuyven had just a single second on the chasers. That was so close.
#BinckBankTour And he does it!!! Jasper holds on for the win!!!!!!!!
@TrekSegafredo Sun, 13th Aug 2017 14:12:40
Stuyven is flat out on the ground. He hardly has the energy to accept the congratulations of his teammate. He gave everything for that.
Tom Dumoulin celebrates because he has the overall victory
Stuyven wins the final stage of the BinckBank Tour
Now it's Gilbert but it's too late
Van Baarle leads the chase behind
Stuyven powers up the climb. The group is not too far behind him but it looks like the Belgian has the gap.
Stuyven is into the final kilometre. It looks like he might have this
The riders are looking at each other in this second group. Trek-Segafredo moves to the front to try and slow things down. Stuyven has 10 seconds on the bunch.
There is now chase behind at the moment. Sagan is refusing to chase so it's up to someone else.
They are all brought back and now it's Stuyven on the attack. This is the sort of distance he can win from.
He's caught by Valgren and Vanmarcke. Naesen is also there.
After dropping off the front a little earlier, Vakoc is now on the attack.
Wellens has regrouped and is leading the chase behind and he's almost back with the leading riders.
Sutterlin is with Dumoulin and they are chasing down Van Avermaet and Sagan.
Sagan kicks again and passes Van Avermaet. Dumoulin is not too far behind. Wellens has been dropped.
Van Avermaet attack, Sagan follows
Vakoc is done for the day and Trek-Segafredo comes to the front. They're on a cobbled sector as Sagan tries to move up the side of the bunch.
Vakoc on the front of the peloton. He's shouting into the radio, getting information on his leader Gilbert.
Gruppo compatto once again. It is very difficult for anyone to get away with such a high pace. The peloton is in one long line.
Politt has caught up with Van Emden. Quick-Step Floors doing the chasing behind.
It's all back together again and more attacks are going off the front. It is Van Emden.
It's all change again and Weening is back in the group. Martin and Devenyns push on. The gap is marginal.
Martin and Devenyns have joined up with Weening and the peloton is closing in with Janse van Rensberg leading the way. Peter Sagan is back in the group.
Weening knows how to win from the breakaway, he's done it at the Giro d'Italia before. He's only got a small gap though.
Weening, however, has managed to get to Martin. He's passed him and carries on.
Mads Pedersen is trying to chase down Martin but the German is extending his lead bit by bit.
Tony Martin is not to concerned about Sagan and he attacks.
He's in the slipstream of the Trek car and he should be back in the peloton soon.
It is a mechanical problem. The car is with him quickly and he's on a new bike.
Attacks upon attacks coming and the peloton is strung out. Peter Sagan is sitting near the back of the group. He needs something from the team car.
A lot of chess games as Kung puts in a little attack to try and force the others to work. He sits up but now LottoNL and Movistar has a go. They are brought back though.
It is all together again in the bunch once again, which has padded out to abotu 30-40 riders. BMC and Trek are pushing things on.
Postlberger mopping up all the bonus seconds available in this golden kilometre. Gilbert gets a few bonus seconds for himself too. Although, he's over two minutes down so it won't matter too much.
That was one of the main problems for Sagan yesterday, nobody wanted to help him chase and he got frustrated and gave up.
Sagan will also be annoyed about how yesterday worked out. He was in a very good position when he suffered a puncture. By having Postlberger out front he can sit in the wheels a bit more.
He slows, looks over his shoulder and goes again. Gilbert will be annoyed that he missed out yesterday.
Gilbert is in that chasing group and he now attacks.
It's almost all back together over the top of the Bosberg. Just Postlberger left out front.
Viviani has been caught and past by Postlberger. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider mops up the seconds at the first sprint, with Viviani and Boom just behind. The pair are about to be caught by Tony Martin.
Viviani attacks. The Italian was dropped on the Muur but came back.
The golden kilometre is coming up. Wellens will be very interested in that.
Valgren has brought back Sutterlin now with Sagan.
Sutterlin has now attacked
Martin is with that leading trio now and the Tom Dumoulin group has bridged over. Vanmarck and Boom are still trying to make contact.
Sunweb is leading the chase behind Sagan. They're almost there.
Over the top and Sagan has a good gap and the riders are coming over in ones and twos. Wellens is trying to get back to Sagan with Stuyven.
As Tony Martin attacks the breakaway on the Muur, Peter Sagan attacks from the peloton and passes everybody.
We will surely see some attacks from this leading group, the question is just 'who and when?'
BMC has come to the front and has brought the advantage to just 18 seconds. They are looking to set-up Van Avermaet who has won in Geraardsbergen in the past.
The three chasers have caught up with the two leaders so we now have five riders out front. Can they extend their 24-second lead on the peloton or will it all be brought back together?
Riders are getting dropped from the bunch and Jon Dibben is one of the victims of the pace.
The riders are on the Dendoordberg. The three chasers can see the two leaders up ahead, but the peloton is not that far behind.
Dimonsion Data and Bora-Hansgrohe are setting a tough pace in the peloton as they cut the gap to the two leaders to just 44 seconds. The trio of chasers are still stuck in the middle but it won't be long before they are brought back.
Viviani and Martin have 1:20 on the peloton and 50 seconds on the group of chasers. Van Poppel and Van Aert, who went clear on the Bosberg, now have Grega Bole with them. The remnants of the breakaway are just behind them and about the be reabsorbed.
News coming in that Andre Greipel has abandoned.
So it looks like several members of the initial breakaway have now been brought back by the chasing group and the peloton. Tony Martin and Elia Viviani have 1 minute on the chasers. That chasing group contains Van Poppel, Wout van Aert, Preben van Hecke and Kenny Dehaes.
1st time through the finish and up the Muur has split the break. Now 2 leaders (Martin & Viviani) as the peloton has regrouped behind.
@TrekSegafredo Sun, 13th Aug 2017 13:09:16
Behind the breakaway, the peloton has blown apart with several riders attacking off the front, including Danny van Poppel.
Viviani puts in a little dig on the Muur, stringing the breakaway out.
The riders have just passed through Geraardsbergen and will be on the climb proper in no time.
The gap continues to tumble as the Muur looms large. The nine leaders have just 1:25 of an advantage.
#BinckBankTour 60km to go and the leaders are 1:35" ahead. The Muur coming up, Bora-Hansgrohe lead the peloton.
@OricaScott Sun, 13th Aug 2017 12:52:10
The riders are fast approaching the infamous Muur van Geraardsbergen. It is here that Philippe Gilbert and Quick-Step Floors blew up the race at the Tour of Flanders earlier this year.
With 66km to go, the peloton has pulled back the escapees to 1:40. Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sunweb are doing the work on the front of the peloton.
Tom Dumoulin is expecting a tough fight for overall victory today. He spoke to Belgian broadcaster Sporza this morning and had this to say: "It's going to be a hard day, but I'm confident. The tactics? I especially need to focus on Tim Wellens."
The gap to the nine leaders now sits at 2:30.
While the leader's jersey is still well and truly up for grabs, there are a few jersey's that are done and dusted. Piet Allegaert has been very aggressive throughout the race and wins the intermediate sprint competition and a lot of beer to go with it.
We've already had one race finish today with Lotta Lepisto winning a very agressive Crescent Vargarda. If you missed what was a very exciting race then read up on the race here.
The riders are well under way today and there is a group of nine riders clear of the peloton at the moment, with a few familiar names up there. Tony Martin is a glutton for punishment and is on the attack again with Elia Viviani, Jay Thomson, Grega Bole, Kenny Dehaes, Elmar Reinders and Tim Merlier. They have been joined by Jonas Rickaert and Preben Van Hecke. The group has more than two minutes on the peloton.
Dumoulin wasn't able to get past Wellens in the run to the line yesterday, but he did enough to put him in the driving seat for today. He leads the GC by four seconds over Wellens.
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 20:27:49
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:04
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:46
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:52
5 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:02
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:09
7 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:46
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:48
9 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:02:13
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:15
Tim Wellens and Tom Dumoulin are the two riders with the best chance of overall victory at the end of the day after they broke clear of their rivals in the final part of yesterday's stage. Former champion Wellens was the winner on the day yesterday.
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:04:36
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:17
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:20
7 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:42
9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
10 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
Good afternoon to you all and welcome to coverage of the final stage of the BinckBank Tour. After a downright miserable day yesterday, the weather is being a bit kinder to the riders for now.