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Eneco Tour 2012

Date range:
August 6-12, 2012

Eneco Tour 2012

This seven-stage WorldTour event in Belgium and the Netherlands is seen as a key warm up for the Vuelta a España, which begins less than a week after the finish here. The race made its first appearance in its current guise in 2005, when it replaced the Tour of the Netherlands, and since then some of cycling's biggest names - such as Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel, Tom Boonen, Philippe Gilbert and Edvald Boasson Hagen - have all enjoyed success here.

 

Boasson Hagen has won the general classification twice (2009 and 2011) in the last three years and the points classification for the last three years in a row. His appearances at the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympics mean that he will not be here to defend his titles, but the eyes of the world's media will be focussed keenly on the Lowlands because this year's renewal sees the return of Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) from his six-month suspension.

 

Contador's return is the big story here but the race has also attracted a host of other big names and promises to be an exciting one. Riders such as Boonen, Marcel Kittel, Sylvain Chavanel, Lars Boom, Jelle Vanendert and David Millar should ensure that Contador won't have all of the headlines to himself.

Eneco Tour Stages

  1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) descends from the team bus.
    Stage 1Monday, August 6 2012
    Location:
    Waalwijk - Middelburg
    Distance:
    203.9 km
  2. Svein Tuft leads Orica-GreenEdge.
    Stage 2 (TTT)Tuesday, August 7 2012
    Location:
    Sittard
    Distance:
    18.9 km
  3. The sprint to the finish at the conclusion of stage 3 at the Eneco Tour.
    Stage 3Wednesday, August 8 2012
    Location:
    Riemst - Genk
    Distance:
    188 km
  4. Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) won the sprint royale to win the stage.
    Stage 4Thursday, August 9 2012
    Location:
    Heers - Bergen op Zoom
    Distance:
    213.3 km
  5. Dutch champion Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) greets some fans prior to stage 5.
    Stage 5Friday, August 10 2012
    Location:
    Hoogerheide - Aalter
    Distance:
    184.6 km
  6. Tuft took the stage and the overall lead on day six of the 2012 Eneco Tour
    Stage 6 (ITT)Saturday, August 11 2012
    Location:
    Ardooie
    Distance:
    17.4 km
  7. A delighted Lars Boom (Rabobank) wins the 2012 Eneco Tour
    Stage 7Sunday, August 12 2012
    Location:
    Maldegem - Geraardsbergen
    Distance:
    207.7 km

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