BinckBank Tour (st. 6)
German rouleur from Movistar Team out from front group (+47″) after energy-costly mechanical incident with 40km to go. Nuno Bico into early attacks.
An unfortunate incident after already getting through the most demanding selection into Limburg’s famous ‘bergs’ kept Jasha Sütterlin from racing for a good result on stage six of the 2018 BinckBank Tour, 182km from Riemst to Sittard-Geleen.
40km before the end, and while riding into a selected, 30-rider group in pursuit of a lead duo with Timo Roosen (TLJ) and Maciej Bodnar (BOH), Sütterlin suffered a puncture to his rear wheel which forced him to stop. As the race was completely torn into pieces and the team vehicles weren’t able to advance to the front of the race, Jasha, unable to either be assisted by his team-mates –Nuno Bico had been part of the early moves in a furious first half to the stage-, spent more than 20km trying to bridge back.
In the end, the Windraak ascent, 12km from the finish, left an exhausted Jasha out of contention (+47″) of a stage where Gregor Mühlberger (BOH) circumvented control of the final attacks to win solo. Sütterlin now ranks 21st overall before the showdown of the Belgian / Dutch race, a demanding 209km around a final circuit in Geraardsbergen featuring two legendary hills from the Tour of Flanders: Bosberg and Kapelmuur.
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