Swiss rider moves into race lead after wet time trial

Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) won stage two of the BinckBank Tour to move into the overall lead with a strong time trial performance in Voorburg.

Only the tenth rider down the start ramp, Küng set a blistering time of 10-58 on the technical nine kilometre course around the streets of Voorburg, four seconds faster than Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who were both also among the early starters.

>>> Watch: Tony Martin among those crashing during slippery BinckBank Tour time trial (video)

Heavy rain lashed the course throughout the afternoon, which saw Katusha-Alpecin suffer a disastrous day with both Tony Martin and Nils Politt hitting the deck.

Meanwhile both Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) came within ten seconds of Küng’s time, but most riders seemed content to make it around the slippery course without crashing.

Race leader Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the final man down the start ramp and really attacked the first half of the course, bunny-hopping over speed bumps and accelerating hard out of corners.

However Sagan’s performance was not enough to challenge Küng for the win or to hold on to the overall lead, the Slovak eventually finished in 17th place.

The BinckBank Tour will head into Belgium on Wednesday’s stage three, with riders taking on a 186km stage from Blankenberge to Ardooie that should end in a bunch sprint.

Results

BinckBank Tour, stage two: Voorburg (ITT)

1. Stefan Kung (Sui) BMC Racing, in 10-58
2. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 4 secs
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 5 secs
4. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb, at 8 secs
5. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 10 secs
6. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 12 secs
7. Matthias Brandle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo, at 14 secs
8. Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing, at 15 secs
9. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal, at 17 secs
10. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 17 secs

General classification after stage two

1. Stefan Kung (Sui) BMC Racing, in 4-01-07
2. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 4 secs
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 5 secs
4. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb, at 8 secs
5. Lars Boom (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 10 secs
6. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 12 secs
7. Matthias Brandle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo, at 14 secs
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 15 secs
9. Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing, at 15 secs
10. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 17 secs