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  1. Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) claimed the biggest victory of his career, after the breakaway upset the formbook by staying away on stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour. Van der Hoorn attacked his breakaway companions inside the final kilometre, doing just enough to keep the chasers at bay.

    Maxime Vantomme (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) crossed the line for second, with Sean De Bie (Veranda's Willems Crelan) taking third, and the bunch finishing 1:11 behind the escapees.

    There was some consolation for Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), who started the day 58 seconds down in the overall classification, after he took the leader's jersey from Stefan Kung (BMC Racing).

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    "We had a very good group. Mohoric was fucking strong. We had a perfect plan. We went really easy all day, long turns - two minutes from everyone," Van der Hoorn said.

    "Then, with 70km to go, we started to go pretty fast. In the last hour and a half everyone was doing long turns, one minute, and we made it. We had a really good plan and everyone stuck to it, and we made it. It was amazing."

    The close to pan-flat stage looked to be dead certain for the sprinters but some miscalculation and a strong breakaway proved too much to overcome in the end. The gap to the breakaway only went as high as 3:40 but with under 10 kilometres remaining they still had more than 1:30 in hand.

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  2. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) moved into the overall lead at the BinckBank Tour after he powered to victory in the 12.7km individual time trial in Venray on stage 2. The Swiss rider produced a fine ride over the short test to finish some 14 seconds ahead of European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal).

    Küng, who will ride for Groupama-FDJ next season, was among the favourites for last week's European Championships, but he never found his rhythm in Glasgow and had to settle for 7th place in the event. It was altogether different story in the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon, where Küng delivered a consummate time trialling display to claim a most emphatic victory.

    "It was a really good TT from my side. I had a plan in mind of how to approach it and how to execute it and I was completely on it from the first metre," Küng said afterwards. "Compared to Glasgow, where Victor won, I don't know, my head, I just wasn't mentally ready for it. Today I tried to do better, and it worked out, and I'm really happy."

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    Campenaerts appeared to think he had done enough to claim the stage honours when he beat the previous best established by Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb). The Belgian raised a finger in celebration as he hit the finish line one second quicker than Andersen, but he barely had time to settle in the hot seat before Küng was steaming into the finishing straight with a new best time.

    "In the end you also need the power in the legs, but really it was the mental approach there. [In Glasgow] it felt afterwards kind of like I'd done a training ride - I was pushing hard on the straights but on the corners, I was really cautious," Küng said. "Here, I had a really good look at it, I had a strategy of how to approach each corner and instead of just riding it I was really attacking the course. I think that made the difference today."

    GC contention

    After Monday's rain-soaked opening road stage, conditions were rather more agreeable for the stage 2 time trial, where Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) was an early pace-setter. The Briton beat riders of the calibre of Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) and Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe), and his time of 14:30 was good enough for 6th place on the stage.

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  3. Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) used her power, guile and timing to perfection, jumping around the Team Sunweb lead-out in the final corner to take the victory in the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race. Vos' well-timed effort meant that she had time to celebrate on the line as Wiggle High5's Kirsten Wild beat defending champion Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) in the sprint for second.

    After four laps of an eleven-kilometre circuit in and around Vårgårda with the one-kilometre ascent of Hägrungabakken, the peloton went out on a big loop of 53 kilometres that included four gravel sections of between 2.6 and 3.6 kilometres each as well as a number of hills. The final consisted of another four laps of the 11 km circuit before finishing in the centre of Vårgårda.

    Nobody had been able to get away on the first four laps. Margarita Victorita Garcia (Movistar Team) attacked solo with 84 km to go and built a gap of up to 45 seconds, but was caught by an elite trio of Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla), and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) on the climb into the second gravel section nine kilometres later. The peloton quickly reeled in this dangerous group.

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    There were several short-lived attacks on the next 20 kilometres as well as a crash for Elena Pirrone (Astana Women's Team) and Vos who went off the berm and into the ferns but were soon back in the peloton. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Vos, Uttrup Ludwig, Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini), Silvia Persico (Valcar PBM), and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final gravel section with 47 km to go but were caught when the race entered the last four laps of the finishing circuit.

    After a quiet first lap, van der Breggen made her move through a corner with 31km to go and was joined by Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM), Alexandra Manly (Mitchelton-Scott), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), and eventually Eva Buurman (Trek-Drops). Brand went solo from this group, but they were all caught on the hill.

    Numerous counter-attacks over the top and into the descent did not get away but kept the pace high into the penultimate lap. Van der Breggen went on the offensive again, this time with Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb), and they were joined by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), and Worrack. Van der Breggen attacked one more time with Mackaij on her wheel before dropping the Sunweb rider on Hägrungabakken.

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  4. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) survived a late crash to win stage 1 of the 2018 BinckBank Tour. The young Dutchman came through the centre of the road in the closing 150 metres to beat Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) to the line.

    The stage was marred by a number of late crashes in the closing kilometres with road furniture, a tense peloton and wet conditions contributing to the chaos.

    Quick-Step Floors, however, made light work of the conditions and allowed other teams to shoulder the responsibility of pulling back a late break and then leading out the sprint.

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    In the closing few hundred metres, the Belgian team took the initiative with Jakobsen opening his sprint on the left before drifting into the middle of the road. On the other side, Ewan hit out for the line, while Kittel was forced to start from further back after another disjointed lead-out. The German had the speed but ran out of road before Jakobsen could celebrate his win and the first leader's jersey in this year's race.

    "It's my biggest victory since turning pro and I'm really proud of myself and the team, who put their confidence in me this morning and did a perfect job," Jakobsen said. "We had bad weather and the peloton was really nervous as we approached the line, but the team was flawless and starting the race in this manner gives us great confidence."

    A late fall in the closing two kilometres saw a number of riders hit the deck, including Katusha's Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, but Jakobsen made use of a well-drilled Quick-Step outfit, which has now won 54 times this season at an average of a win every four days. For the 21-year-old Jakobsen, this was a third victory of the season after a breakthrough win at Scheldeprijs, and then a stage at the Tour des Fjords in Norway.

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