8.15.2014

Eneco Tour 5: Up The Muur

Rest of a larger break, it was Lastras and Trentin still 1' away 10 km to go. 
In the Three Days of Classics of the Eneco Tour it was the Ronde today (next one is Liège, then Amstel Gold Race) and the Flanderians were all up there. 
Embedded image permalinkTrentin looked the most brilliant and had attacked on the Muur. Behind BMC was making the race, with Dillier first, then with Gilbert,  GC man Quinziato on his wheel. Attacks, selection, peloton splitted since the first passage on the cobbles, pain and pride. Boom, Gilbert, Keukeleire and Quinziato ahead, Cancellara, Thomas, Vanmacke and others just behind. Riders started bridging. 4 km to go the break-away was over. De Vreese solo, quicly caught.
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Van Averamet wins
On the last climb up the Muur, as expected, the race got decided but unespectedly: not Cancellara, nor Vanmarcke not even Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet attacked and won, outsprinting the sprinter Tom Dumoulin just on the line. But Dumoulin is the new race leader, ousprinting Lars Boom in the GC.
Geraint Thomas was 3rd on the last corner, then lost terrain, passed by many he finished 7th. Boomer! He was my pick for today.
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Dumoulin new leader
Personal PS
Last year somebody was texting me from this race saying "Pavé isn't my thing". Yeah: pavé is not for cowards :)

Tom Dumoulin:
“Before the stage it was not my goal to become leader today but I wanted to go for the victory as I felt really good. I was the fastest over the final 500m in the bunch but I was slightly out of position at the bottom of the climb and Greg was too far ahead already.
I feel in superb condition – the Tour did me good and I hope to hold onto the overall lead now after today. Even though I did not plan on taking the lead it is not bad to be leading heading into the last two stages. There are people we have to watch tomorrow and it will be a tough race but we will make a good plan and our team is strong."

Lars Boom:
“I’ve lost the jersey, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t keep fighting for the remainder of the race. We have done that already, and we will continue to do so.
Yesterday, wasn’t a very good day, but today, I felt good again. Van Avermaet won and was the strongest. He attacked at the right moment. I was a little further back at that point.
It’s going to be a good battle with Dumoulin, but he’s not the only one. There are other guys who are going to make it hard for us. We’ll see a big fight over the weekend.”


Geraint Thomas:
"Went from 'hero to zero' in the final 200m today!! Probably heard the explosion back in Wales!! #bang"
Graint Thomas 
TFR DS Dirk Demol about Fabian Cancellara:
“I had hoped we could do well, especially in the finale when there began to be a selection and the peloton was down to 80 or 90 riders and we still had five. But then on the next lap when it went down to around 50 we lost four, and so Fabian was by himself.  There is not so much you can do alone because you are fighting for position, having to move up all the time, and it was hard for him. But okay, he was again there, and that shows his condition is in the right way. 
It was an honest parcours. We simply were not good enough today. If we can do something our chances are probably better on Sunday. We will take each of the next days as they come, and we will see – we will try and make the best of it, that’s for sure.”


MORE TO COME

RESULTS

STAGE
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:45:36  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:02  
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
4 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
5 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:06  
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
8 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
9 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team

GC
1. Tom Dumoulin 
2. Lars Boom +2
3. Manuel Quinziato + 11


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