Mads Pedersen won the third stage of the Binckbank Tour on Thursday.

The 2019 world champion was the fastest in the bunch sprint in Aalter, Belgium, after a rest day on Wednesday inserted by the Dutch corona measures.

Pedersen, who finished second in the first stage on Tuesday, settled after an exciting sprint with classification leader Jasper Philipsen and the German Pascal Ackermann.

For the Trek-Segafredo Dane, it is his second victory of the season, after the second stage in the Tour of Poland.

The 24-year-old Pedersen also took over the leader's jersey from Philipsen due to the bonus seconds.

The Belgian winner of the opening stage is now second in the same time.

Mike Teunissen (fifth at eleven seconds) is the best Dutchman in the rankings, Mathieu van der Poel is sixth at thirteen seconds.

Jonas Rickaert, a Belgian teammate of Van der Poel, was arrested on Thursday at 2.4 kilometers from the finish line.

Ackermann then started the sprint from afar, but he had no answer to Pedersen's jump.

The Binckbank Tour continues on Friday with a time trial of 8.1 kilometers with start and finish in Riemst, Belgium.

That chrono race has been added to the program as a replacement for the canceled time trial in Vlissingen.

In that Zeeland place, the second stage would be driven on Wednesday - a 10.9 kilometer round against the clock - but due to stricter corona measures, it was announced on Tuesday evening that it was no longer possible to race in the Netherlands.

The start of Thursday's stage was therefore in Aalter in Flanders instead of Philippine in Zeeland.

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Avatar Authorlaflammerouge16Moment of places14: 38 - October 1, 2020