Van Avermaet was CCC Team’s final rider to start his 8.4-kilometer effort and despite slipping down the overall rankings, after starting the day eighth, a solid performance saw him maintain his position in the top ten.
The Belgian rider, who finished second on the final stage to Geraardsbergen last year, stopped the clock in De Haag at 9’41”, 24 seconds behind winner, Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos) and he now sits 54 seconds behind race leader, Tim Wellens (Lotto – Soudal) going into stage seven.
The rest of CCC Team’s Binck Bank Tour roster put in solid performances with Josef Černý, Gijs Van Hoecke and Łukasz Wiśniowski all spending time in the provisional top ten.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
Greg Van Avermaet:
“The time trial went quite good I think. I was happy with how I raced and my time. I don’t think I could have done any better so I think I can be happy. I didn’t lose too much time and I kept my place in the top ten, which was important as there was a lot of guys on the same time coming into the stage. Tomorrow, is the best stage for me. I have already won on this climb and last year I was second to Matthews so, I am quite confident that I can do a good result tomorrow and maybe even move up the GC a little bit.”
Binck Bank Tour
Stage 6 / ITT: Den Haag > Den Haag (8.4km)
Top 3: 1. Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos) 2. Edoardo Affini (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3. Jos Van Emdem (Team Jumbo – Visma)
CCC Team Top 3: 18. Greg Van Avermaet 21. Josef Černý 28. Gijs Van Hoecke