Mads Pedersen will start Saturday's final BinckBank Tour stage from Louvain-la-Neuve to Geraardsbergen as the overall leader. The Danish former world champion believes there are still several strong opponents standing in his way for the overall win.
In Friday's time-trial Pedersen was fourth, admitting Kragh Andersen deserved the win, making it two out of two stage wins for Denmark. "He was just incredibly strong today," Pedersen said. "This morning I knew he would be the man to beat for the stage win. Yesterday I took the victory, now there's one for Soren, That's really nice. And I'm happy I'm still leading the general classification."
The margins are very small however, with the top ten riders covered in 31 seconds. Everything is still to play for in Saturday's queen's stage. "I'm really looking forward to the final stage. There are still a lot of favourites left for the win, but with the team we believe that we can make it to the end. Today I learned a lot about the competition. Mathieu van der Poel? We haven't really raced each other man to man this year, but in the time-trial he showed his form is good."
Pedersen also complimented the organisers, who had to rearrange the course this week due to Covid-19 restrictions. "Well done to the organisers for putting all this together at the last minute. It was a nice, spectacular course, although I would have been happy to have a 15-kilometre time-trial with more climbing. But I'm just very happy we still get to race."