Álvaro Hodeg won the fifth stage in the BinckBank Tour on Friday. The Colombian from Deceuninck-Quick-Step was the strongest in the mass sprint. Dylan Groenewegen got no further than seventh place.

The 22-year-old Hodeg convinced Sam Bennett and kept the Irishman from his fourth stage win. Bennett won the first three stages of the BinckBank Tour. The Belgian Edward Theuns finished third.

Dylan Groenewegen again disappointed with his seventh place. The Amsterdammer from Jumbo-Visma had to settle for the second, third and seventh place in the various mass sprints earlier this week. Besides Groenewegen, Boy van Poppel (tenth) was the second Dutchman in the top ten.

Tim Wellens retains the lead in the general classification. The Belgian, who doubled on Thursday in the fourth stage, is four seconds ahead of the Swiss Marc Hirschi. The Belgian Laurens De Plus from Jumbo-Visma is third at fourteen and Mike Teunissen is the best Dutchman in seventh place.

Riesebeek in the day's escape

The stage was colored by an escape of four riders. They drove 110 kilometers from the finish line, after previous flight attempts with Moreno Hofland, Roy Curvers and Boy van Poppel, among others, had no success.

The Dutchman Oscar Riesebeek, the Australian Robert Stannard, the German Jasha Sütterlin and Willie Smit didn't get too much room from the peloton and built up a lead of no more than two and a half minutes.

With 4 kilometers to go, the quartet was seized again, so a mass sprint had to make the decision. The final kilometer was marred by a crash in the middle of the peloton, after which Hodeg finished in the sprint.