Tim Wellens retained his leaders' jersey in the fifth stage of the BinckBank Tour without any problems. Tomorrow the time-trial in The Hague will be the first part of a deciding final weekend for his bid to take a third overall win. "The time-trial should suit me," Wellens looked ahead.
Wellens thinks the extremely fast stage between Riemst and Venray will cause some lingering damage. "Because of the high speeds it's a day that will stay in the legs," the Lotto-Soudal rider explained. "It took a long time for the breakaway to form. We never had a break. The rest of the day we were riding at a fast pace as well. It looked like the break would be caught before the Binck Gouden Kilometer, but fortunately it didn't because then I would have had to sprint to keep my leader's jersey."
Wellens will take a four-second lead over Swiss Marc Hirschi to Saturday's 8.3 kilometre time-trial in The Hague. "The time-trial should suit me," the Belgian continued. "Team manager Kevin De Weert filmed the course today and I'll watch that footage tonight. A time-trial never lies, especially when there's only a few corners. I heard Hirschi is an average time-trialist, so that's in my advantage. But if the roads are wet and slippery, it's in his advantage. Yesterday he showed he's very good at taking corners in the wet. I'm hoping for dry weather and good legs."