Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan from the Bora-Hansgrohe team finished sixth in the 3rd stage of the Benelux Tour. After the escape, the Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn enjoyed the triumph.
The driver of the Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux stable managed the 168.3 km long route from Essen to Hoogerheide in 3:40:23 h. Danish Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar) finished second and Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange) of Australia took third place.
Van der Hoorn was in a five-member escape from the beginning of the stage, which brought his attempt to a successful end.
Three seconds behind the Dutch, the peloton also reached the finish line, Sagan was the fastest in the mass run of the package. His brother Juraj took 94th place with a deficit of 42 seconds, Erik Baška finished in 140th place (+3: 44 min).
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Swiss Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) led the overall standings, leading 19 seconds ahead of Dan Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Third Stefan Küng from Switzerland (Groupama-FDJ) loses a second more.
Okolo Beneluxu (BinckBank Tour) – 3. etapa (Essen – Hoogerheide, 168.3 km):
1. Taco van der Hoorn (Hol./Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) 3:40:23 h, 2. Mathias Norsgaard (Dan. / Movistar), 3. Luke Durbridge (Aus./BikeExchange), 4. Samuele Battistella (Tal./Astana-Premier), 5. Thimo Willems (Belg./Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) all the same time, 6. Peter SAGAN (SR / Bora-Hansgrohe) +3 s,… 94. Juraj SAGAN + 42… 140 Erik BAŠKA (all SR / Bora-Hansgrohe) +3: 44
overall ranking: 1. Stefan Bissegger (Switzerland / EF Education-Nippo) 7:24:54 h, 2. Kasper Asgreen (Denmark / Deceuninck-QuickStep) +19 s, 3. Stefan Küng (Switzerland / Groupama-FDJ) +20 ,…… 86. P. SAGAN +3: 34,… 107. BAŠKA +6: 18, 120. J. SAGAN +8: 41