Soren Kragh Andersen beat Stefan Küng to second place in the BinckBank Tour behind overall winner Mathieu Van der Poel. The Dane praised Van der Poel?s coup in Saturday's final stage of the race.
Kragh Andersen missed out on the overall win by just a handful of seconds, but wasn't too disappointed with the end result. "Mathieu was just the strongest today. I was never leading the race so in the end I am happy with my second place," the Team Sunweb rider said.
"When Mathieu attached, we didn't panic. Our intention was to wait until the final lap. When we heard Mathieu was alone with 50 kilometres to go, we even got more confident. But what he did then, was just exceptional. You can't predict a race like that."
Kragh Andersen tried to chase down the Dutch champion with Stefan Küng, Oliver Naesen and Sonny Colbrelli on the final lap and got very close, but came up short at the end.
"We worked really hard. Naesen and Colbrelli were saving themselves a little bit for the stage win, but Küng and I really gave everything. It's impressive from Mathieu to finish it off. He took the initiative and got rewarded for that, so full credits to him. Second place was the highest possible for me this week."