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Dumoulin wins Binckbank Tour, Stuyven claims final stage

© BELGA/AFP | Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb celebrates on the podium in Houffalize as the general leader after the fifth stage of the BinckBank Tour through Belgium and the Netherlands, 203,7 km from Riemst to Houffalize, on August 12, 2017

BRUSSELS (AFP) - 

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin's fine season continued as he secured overall victory in the Binckbank Tour as Belgian Jasper Stuyven won Sunday's final stage.

Having won the Giro d'Italia in May, Sunweb's Dumoulin went one better than his second place finish in this event from 2013 as he took third place on Sunday's 191.3km seventh stage from Essen to Geraardsbergen, with Belgian Philippe Gilbert second behind Stuyven.

Another Belgian, Tim Wellens, finished second overall at 17sec with Stuyven's victory enough to move him above Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet into third, at 46sec.

Dumoulin, 26, had claimed the leader's green jersey in finishing second to Wellens on Saturday's sixth stage.

He is enjoying the best season of his career, having won the Dutch time-trial title for the third time in four years and secured high finishes in several other races such as the Abu Dhabi Tour (third), Clasica San Sebastian (fourth), Strade Bianche (fifth) and Tirreno-Adriatico (sixth).

Stage results

1. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 4h06min 48sec, 2. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) at 0:01, 3. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 0:01, 4. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 0:01, 5. Tiesj Benoot (BEL/LOT) 0:01.

Overall final standings

1. Tom Dumoulin (NED/Giant) 24h34:33, 2. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) at 0:17, 3. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 0:46, 4. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:51, 5. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 1:14.

© 2017 AFP