Mathieu van der Poel makes long-range attack to claim thrilling BinckBank Tour stage five and overall win

The Dutch champion attacked with 47km to go and held off the chasers to the line by just three seconds

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Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) went on a long-range solo attack to take the stage five and overall victory at the BinckBank Tour in a thrilling final day of racing, overturning his 17-second deficit in GC.

The Dutch champion attacked with Florian Sénéchal (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) at the 75km to go mark on the second of four ascents of the Muur van Geraardsbergen to bridge across to the day's earlier breakaway of seven riders.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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