8.13.2014

Eneco Tour: Surviving Mode

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Not for this one: tt winner Tom Dumoulin
Sometimes it's about to survive. Some rider just needs to make it to the finish saving his legs for sprints or break-aways, some rider is there to help when tv doesn't show the race, in the first flat kms of a long stage. Some rider is not a specialist, some rider doesn't love the tt bike, some rider hates it and that's a problem when you are in for the GC. Some rider loves the tt bike but can't help to be fast. Some rider is happy with top 30, some other is disappointed with 5. But I think that nothing is worse than 11 and 21.
Some rider has got a good position: flat and still on the bike, all power on the pedals, no energy wasted. Some rider is struggling all the time, moving his shoulders, bending or - worse! - turning his head, looking unconfortable and unhappy. Some rider simply doesn't care: up on the bike, prudent in the corners. No need no will to take any risk. 
An individual time trial puts each rider on the light spot and each one has to do the best of it. Some rider stops to ask his gf to marry him (see the last Giro). 
G.Thomas did quite well
I watched the Eneco Tour today me too in surviving mode. I was - well, I am - feeling very bad. But when you feel to die it doesn't mean you'll die because other thoughts and considerations normally prevent you to kill yourself. It's going to pass. 

Tom Dumoulin:
“I am super happy, could not have done it better. I was really focussed on this race and I did it as perfect as possible, focusing on my position and [the] corners. Yesterday was not easy, I was really disappointed about it. It was really hard work to get back and also disappointing to lose time. This is my first WorldTour win. I’ve had some bad luck and then I have been denied a few times by Tony [Martin] but now it’s great to get the win finally and to move back into contention for the overall.”

Fabian Cancellara:
“I am happy with my performance, I went out and did the best I could: I had good motivation from the car, and I had good feeling on the bike. I think after my break it was a good performance. What really counts for me is that I gave 100 percent. At the end there was just somebody two seconds faster. 
Of course it’s always a pity that you lose a time trial by two seconds.  But on the other hand I missed the physiological advance of having someone close to me, who is as fast or even faster than me. I had the time splits from Jesse which was helpful since he had the best time, but what was more important was the last few guys or the specialists like Boom, Dumoulin and Thomas - they did all the Tour and are really prepared to do this race well. 
In the end I am happy – another second place for the team, another second place for me. But I don’t like to be second I want to be first, we want to be first, and we will give a try again tomorrow.”

Lars Boom:
“I would have liked to take the jersey yesterday. But I’m very happy that I’ve become the new leader today. Yesterday was a beautiful day, anyway. Tom is one of the best time trialists in the world. Of course, I would have liked to go faster, but I ended up ninth and my time is good enough. The course was short and had some nice corners. We will see if that’s going to be enough. I ended the Tour in good form and with a good feeling. I’m now thinking ahead to the heavy weekend.
Tomorrow is still flat, but the weekend is going to be hell, I think. First we face a kind of Tour of Flanders, after that a version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and we end the week on Sunday on a course like the Amstel Gold Race. I hope to hold on to the lead until Sunday, but personally, I wouldn’t really mind if Bauke or Sep takes over the jersey. I expect that the race will end in a man-to-man battle. I think that would be the most beautiful ending possible.”

Manuel Quinziato:
"I tried to be a bit conservative the first part, then the last four kilometers, I closed my eyes and went all in. I am happy and motivated and I have nothing to lose. Other riders have more pressure. I asked to have this race as a goal two months ago, after the Giro d'Italia. Now I am really happy that I am keeping my promise and really also paying back the team and doing my part."

Stephen Cummings:
"I think there were four or five corners that you had to slow down for. I think the form is there. In Poland, I did not pace my effort that well. I started too hard. Here, I maybe went too slow in the corners. I could have saved about five seconds in the corners."

RESULTS
STAGE 1
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4:14:33  
2 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
3 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
4 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
5 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
STAGE 2
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 4:06:16  
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
3 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
5 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
STAGE 3
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:10:55  
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:02  
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:10  
4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:14  
5 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:15  
6 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17  
7 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
8 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:18  
9 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:19  
10 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20  
11 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21  
12 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:22  
13 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:23  
14 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
15 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:24  
16 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:25  
17 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
18 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp 0:00:26  
19 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:27  
20 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale 0:00:29  
21 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:00:31  
22 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:32  
23 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
24 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
25 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:33  
26 David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp  
27 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
28 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky 0:00:34  
29 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
30 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
31 Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:35  
32 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
33 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
34 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
35 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp 0:00:36  
36 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
37 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
38 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:38  
39 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
40 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
41 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:00:39  
42 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:00:40  
43 Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
44 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
45 Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:41  
46 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:42  
47 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
48 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:43  
49 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:44  
50 Ivan Rovni (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:45  
51 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
52 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
53 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:46  
54 David Boucher (Bel) FDJ.fr  
55 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
56 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
57 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:47  
58 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:48  
59 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
60 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
62 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
63 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp 0:00:49  
64 Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
65 Alexsei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
66 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:50  
67 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
68 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
69 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:51  
70 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:53  
71 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
72 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:54  
73 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
74 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
75 Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:55  
76 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
77 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
78 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp  
79 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:56  
80 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
81 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
82 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:57  
83 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale  
84 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 0:00:58  
85 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
86 Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r La Mondiale  
87 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr  
88 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
89 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:59  
90 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
91 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
92 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2r La Mondiale  
93 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:00  
94 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:01  
95 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:02  
96 Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - 0:01:03  
97 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
98 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
99 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
100 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:04  
101 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
102 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr  
103 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:05  
104 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
105 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
106 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
107 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
108 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:06  
109 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
110 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
111 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:07  
112 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:08  
113 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr  
114 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano  
115 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:09  
116 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
117 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
118 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
119 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:01:10  
120 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
121 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:12  
122 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Ag2r La Mondiale  
123 Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
124 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:14  
125 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15  
126 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
127 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:16  
128 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
129 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
130 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:17  
131 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -  
132 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:18  
133 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team  
134 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge  
135 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:19  
136 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:01:20  
137 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:21  
138 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale 0:01:23  
139 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
140 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:24  
141 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team  
142 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
143 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:25  
144 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
145 Julian Kern (Ger) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:01:26  
146 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
147 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:28  
148 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:29  
149 Maxime Daniel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
150 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:01:32  
151 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
152 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:35  
153 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - 0:01:39  
154 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:44  
155 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar 0:02:33  

GC
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 8:31:54  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:04  
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
4 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:07  
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:12  
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:14  
7 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:18  
8 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale 0:00:19  
9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:21  
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
11 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge 0:00:23  
12 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:24  
13 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:25  
14 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:26  
15 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step  
16 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:29  
17 Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:31  
18 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
19 José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:34  
20 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team

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