Eneco Tour 2013

August 12-18, 2013, Koksijde, Netherlands, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage three of the Eneco Tour.

  1. 14:55:29 CEST

    Today's stage is a 187km ride from Oosterhout to Brouwersdam in the Netherlands, with a twisting finishing circuit.

  2. 15:00:11 CEST

    The stage heads west to the Dutch coast and so the coastal winds could split the race.

  3. 15:04:51 CEST

    The wind is blowing from the left side of the road and so could also make the sprint interesting.

  4. 75km remaining from 187.3km

    15:05:41 CEST

    With 75km to go, we have four breakaways with a 1:40 lead on the peloton.

  5. 15:07:30 CEST

    On Tuesday Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) won the stage with an impressive sprint on the uphill finish.

    You can read about his win and see a full photo gallery here.

  6. 15:08:52 CEST

    Crashes could also be a factor today. Taylor Phinney (BMC) went down just now after a touch of wheels, sparking other riders to crash.

  7. 15:13:47 CEST

    Here we go! We have a split.

  8. 15:14:49 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge and Omega Pharma-Quick Step are tring ro force the split and the peloton is in several groups.

  9. 15:15:36 CEST

    The constant changing in direction is making for some aggressive racing.

  10. 15:16:17 CEST

    Upfront the four breakaways go through the finish area and begin the circuits near the coast.

  11. 15:16:41 CEST

    Teruel leads the riders over the line and takes the bonus sprint.

  12. 15:17:36 CEST

    The front peloton is only 44 seconds behind, with the rest in a bigger second group some 20 seconds behind.

  13. 15:18:53 CEST

    The riders are on exposed roads in the dunes and dykes of western Holland. This will be a fascinating finale.

  14. 64km remaining from 187.3km

    15:19:56 CEST

    There is still 64km to go but the gap in the peloton groups is growing.

  15. 15:21:05 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is up there but teammate Taylor Phinney is not.

  16. 15:22:16 CEST

    The front peloton includes 40 or so riders and could split again.

  17. 15:23:40 CEST

    The four breakaway riders have now been swept up by the front peloton.

  18. 15:25:39 CEST

    Omega Pharma has at least five riders, Belkin has a similar number, with Argos-Shimano also well presented.

  19. 15:26:38 CEST

    Behind BMC is chasing, with help from Orica-GreenEdge and Lotto Belisol.

  20. 15:28:34 CEST

    The gap is falling but the main peloton still hasn't caught the front group.

  21. 15:29:44 CEST

    The attack didn't work this time but the riders face further sections in exposed conditions very soon. 

  22. 55km remaining from 187.3km

    15:31:32 CEST

    The peloton is all together now and the riders are taking a drink and eating some food. We can expect more attacks soon.

  23. 15:36:09 CEST

    Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen) has accelerated away and has waited for his teammate Laurens De Vreese as the race switches near the seafront and port.

  24. 15:39:14 CEST

    Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is not in action at the moment but is enjoying a hero's welcome in Colombia.

    Read about it here.

  25. 15:42:55 CEST

    De Vreese is wearing the black combativité jersey and chasing more points.

  26. 15:43:39 CEST

    Behind some riders are getting food and bottles but the speed is high as riders worry about staying near the front.

  27. 15:44:58 CEST

    Laurens De Vrees (Topsport) won the combativity prize

  28. 15:46:00 CEST

    De Vreese is hoping to keep the black jersey.

  29. 15:49:40 CEST

    The wind and narrow roads often causes crashes.

    Yesterday Britain's Alex Dowsett (Movistar) went down hard, dislocating his thumbs.

    He was forced to quit the race. Read the details here.


  30. 40km remaining from 187.3km

    15:50:44 CEST

    The gap of the two is rising but we can expect some more attacks behind very soon.

  31. 15:53:41 CEST

    Orica is leading the peloton but the fight is on for good positioning before more splits and echelons.

  32. 15:54:18 CEST

    Andre Greipel is giving it a good nudge on the front and the peloton is lined out.

  33. 15:55:26 CEST

    Andre Greipel in action.

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)

  34. 15:56:04 CEST

    Omega Pharma also have several riders near the front. Will they attack together as they did in the Tour de France.

  35. 15:56:51 CEST

    Team Sky is also upfront now.

  36. 15:57:36 CEST

    Steegmans ups the pace on a slight rise after a fast corner.

  37. 15:57:57 CEST

    Eisel and Hayman are there for Team Sky.

  38. 15:59:34 CEST

    De Vreese and Wallays go through the finish together but De Vreese has now sat up to save his legs for the other stages.

  39. 16:00:36 CEST

    It is a stunning day in Zeeland, with the riders enjoying blue skies and warm temperatures.

  40. 16:02:34 CEST

    Omega Pharma and FDJ.fr are controlling the peloton but riders are much more careful about echelons on this second lap.

  41. 16:04:20 CEST

    Luke Durbridge and Svein Tuft are on the front for Orica.

  42. 16:06:18 CEST

    Durbridge proudly wears the Australian national champion's jersey.

    Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge)

  43. 26km remaining from 187.3km

    16:06:54 CEST

    Wallays is fighting to stay clear in the winds but the gap is down to 20 seconds.

  44. 16:09:58 CEST

    FDJ.fr is now on the front, riding to set up Arnaud Demare for the expected sprint finish.

  45. 16:13:34 CEST

    The peloton can see Wallays as they ride in the shelter of a high and very long dyke.

  46. 16:14:28 CEST

    The teams are waiting for the high-speed finale and the expected sprint finish on the exposed coast.

  47. 16:15:34 CEST

    Belkin is also flexing their muscles, with Mark Renshaw perhaps leading out Thoe Bos today.

  48. 16:17:57 CEST

    Other sprint favourites include Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack).

  49. 16:19:18 CEST

    Wallays is going to hang on to take the final bonus sprint points but now sits up.

  50. 17km remaining from 187.3km

    16:19:57 CEST

    Gruppo compatto.

  51. 16:20:37 CEST

    The teams are fighting for position and riders are all across the road.

  52. 16:21:22 CEST

    Other riders are lined out behind, including Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Stijn Devolder (Radioshack).

  53. 16:26:08 CEST

    Marcel Kittel seems to be working for his teammate John Degenkolb today. He's on the front early and clearly suffering.

  54. 16:26:52 CEST

    TV shows UCI President Pat McQuaid talking to Bradley Wiggins at the back of the race.

  55. 10km remaining from 187.3km

    16:27:37 CEST

    The pace has eased as no one team wants to take control so far out.

  56. 16:28:38 CEST

    Belkin is on the left of the road, while Robbie Hunter protects Garmin-Sharp sprinter Tyler Farrar.

  57. 16:29:31 CEST

    The riders are packed tightly together, trying to move up on the right, protected from the wind.

  58. 8km remaining from 187.3km

    16:31:27 CEST

    Belkin has flipped across to the left now, letting Garmin-Sharp lead the charge to the finish.

  59. 16:31:56 CEST

    Now Lotto Belisol take over at the front.

  60. 16:32:40 CEST

    Omega Pharma also near the front as Filippo Pozzato brings up a Lampre-Merida teammate.

  61. 4km remaining from 187.3km

    16:35:18 CEST

    A right turn lines out the peloton, with Lotto placing four riders on the front.

  62. 16:35:41 CEST

    Petacchi is sat on Greipel's wheel.

  63. 16:36:24 CEST

    Demare is also well protected by his FDJ.fr teammates.

  64. 2km remaining from 187.3km

    16:37:38 CEST

    Lotto has hit the front too early and now only has two riders to lead out Greipel.

  65. 16:38:39 CEST

    Two fast corners line-out the race and three riders go clear.

  66. 16:38:54 CEST

    Boom goes across to them.

  67. 16:39:11 CEST

    Stannard is leading the chase.

  68. 16:39:28 CEST

    Boom tries to jump the trio.

  69. 16:40:13 CEST

    Stybar gets it! He was in the split and won the sprint, beating Richeze and Boom.

  70. 16:40:43 CEST

    Stybar has given Omega Pharma-Quick Step yet another win.

  71. 16:41:55 CEST

    He's a former world cyclo-cross champion but has a fast finish too. 

  72. 16:42:42 CEST

    Nizzolo (Radioshack) won the bunch sprint ahead of Greipel and Manuel Belletti.

  73. 16:43:52 CEST

    Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) was also part of the late attack but he sat up insight of the line.

  74. 16:45:51 CEST

    Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) started his sprint first but Stybar blew past him near the line.

  75. 16:51:20 CEST

    Stybar was protecting Alessandro Petacchi but decided to go with the move.

  76. 16:53:27 CEST

    Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) still leads overall but thanks to gaining a few seconds, Boom moves up to second at just one second. Stybar is third at three seconds, with Renshaw fourth, also at three seconds.

  77. 16:56:51 CEST

    Thursday stage is again suited to the sprinters. It is a 169.6km stage from Essen in Belgium to Vlijmen in the Netherlands.

  78. 16:57:54 CEST

    We'll have a full report, a huge photo gallery, and news on Cyclingnews very soon.


  79. 16:58:33 CEST

    That's it for today's live coverage. Join us tomorrow for more action from the Eneco Tour.

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