With a powerful sprint Oliver Naesen managed to win the final stage of the 2019 BinckBank Tour after a scintillating finale. At the foot of the Bosberg Naesen, Greg van Avermaet and eventual overall winner Laurens De Plus broke clear of the leading group. In the uphill finish in Geraardsbergen Naesen won the Belgian battle for the stage win in a sprint.
"It's the first time I managed to beat Greg in a finish like that," Naesen said after the finish. "I'm really proud of that. It's a big relief. I hadn't managed to win yet this season and that's painful for a rider like me."
Naesen forced the decisive break just before the Bosberg. He went full steam ahead to the finish along with De Plus and Van Avermaet. "I had a team-mate pulling at the front of the peloton t keep the gap with the breakaway small. On the last lap I went full on the Muur and Bosberg. Greg, Laurens and I are friends. We didn't talk about anything in advance, but if you can take ten seconds with three guys on a reduced peloton you know you're the strongest."
"The Muur is my playground. In the youth categories I did a training ride every Wednesday to Geraardsbergen. I have climbed the Muur over a hundred times and I know every stone and hole. I'm really happy to be able to take my first season win right here."