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 five of the Eneco Tour. The stage is a 13.2km individual time trial around Sittard/Geleen.

  1. 14:59:14 CEST

    The time trial follows an out and back course, with several climbs and a series of corners.

  2. 15:00:10 CEST

    The early riders and several potential stage winners have already completed the course. 

  3. 15:01:10 CEST

    As expected, Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) has set a fast time, the fastest so far, stopping the clock in 16:13 for the 13.km course.

  4. 15:01:43 CEST

    Manuele Boaro (Saxo-Tinkoff) is second fastest in 16:32.

  5. 15:02:24 CEST

    Canada's Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) is currently third fastest in a time of 16:37. 

  6. 15:07:16 CEST

    Wiggins covered the course at an average of 48.798km/h despite the rolling roads, narrow country roads and corners.

  7. 15:09:18 CEST

    Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) is now the third fastest, with a time of 16:27.

  8. 15:13:14 CEST

    There will be a battle for the stage victory and for the race lead today. Every second will be vital.

  9. 15:16:07 CEST

    Luke Durbridge (Orica) stops the clock in a time of 16:27 to take second place.

  10. 15:17:15 CEST

    Bennati's exact time was 16:28, leaving him third for now.

  11. 15:20:28 CEST

    Jesse Sergent (Radioshack) sets off. He could be a contender today.

  12. 15:21:35 CEST

    Sergent is powering along in his tucked zero position.

  13. 15:24:00 CEST

    He won the time trial at the 2011 Eneco Tour.

  14. 15:25:45 CEST

    This time trial is all about speed and aero positioninig on the bike.

  15. 15:26:20 CEST

    Gabriele Rasch (Team Sky) sets a time of 17:38.

  16. 15:28:41 CEST

    Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) sets a time of 18:00.

  17. 15:30:42 CEST

    Here's Wiggins in action on his Pinarello Bollide TT bike at the recent Tour of Poland.

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

  18. 15:33:36 CEST

    Dutch TT champion Liewe Westra is in action now. He was fourth last year.

  19. 15:34:37 CEST

    Bob Jungels (Radioshack) went close to hitting the barriers as he took a corner. He is giving it 100%.

  20. 15:36:02 CEST

    Sergent blasts past his minute man Dan Dyke (Accent Jobs). Can he set the fastest time?

  21. 15:36:22 CEST

    It's going to be close.

  22. 15:36:43 CEST

    Yes! Jesse Sergent sets a time of 16:08.

  23. 15:37:01 CEST

    The Kiwi beats Wiggins by five seconds.

  24. 15:39:06 CEST

    Jungels does a good ride in a time of 16:32. 23 seconds behind his Radioshack teammate Sergent.

  25. 15:41:16 CEST

    Lars Boom (Belkin) and Taylor Phinney (BMC) will be hoping to beat Sergent's time later. Boom is last off today, as race GC leader.

  26. 15:47:23 CEST

    Westra does a ride! He sets 16:21.

  27. 15:51:14 CEST

    Westra is 13 seconds behind Sergent.

  28. 15:53:00 CEST

    The general classification is still close but the time trial will be vital.

    This is the top ten overall:

    1 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 16:06:15
    2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:00:01
    3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:00:03
    4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:06
    5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:07
    6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:09
    7 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:13
    8 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:15
    9 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17
    10 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

  29. 15:55:53 CEST

    Tersptra uses his track and lead out speed to set 16:29.

  30. 16:00:17 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (OPQS) is out on the course. He could win today, the technical course suits his riding style.

  31. 16:01:19 CEST

    Chavanel is the current French national champion.

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) warms up on his Specialized S-Works Shiv.

  32. 16:02:13 CEST

    Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) pulls out a surprise time of 16:18, to take third place.

  33. 16:08:04 CEST

    Chavanel takes a drink and throws his bottle away. He's powering along in a good aero tuck.

  34. 16:08:59 CEST

    Chavanel is reportedly three seconds faster at the intermediate time split.

  35. 16:11:09 CEST

    Here comes Pieter Weening (Orica) he sets 16:30. He could be an overall contender.

  36. 16:11:27 CEST

    Chavanel gets it! 

  37. 16:11:58 CEST

    He finishes fast, with a time of 16:04, beating Sergent.

  38. 16:12:28 CEST

    Can Phinney beat 16 minutes? We'll soon find out. He's about to set off.

  39. 16:14:08 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) does a good ride, setting 16:08.

  40. 16:15:06 CEST

    That pushes Wiggins out of the top three.

  41. 16:19:00 CEST

    Phinney is spinning his gear on the technical course, bouncing on and off the kerbs and paving.

  42. 16:19:34 CEST

    Tyler Farrar (Grmin-Sharp) sets off. He could well today.

  43. 16:21:57 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert sets off in his red BMC kit. He can't wear the road race world champion's rainbow jersey today.

  44. 16:22:32 CEST

    Gilbert finished second in the Belgian TT championships last weekend.

  45. 16:26:17 CEST

    The sun is out for the time trial, with huge crowds at the roadside. However rain is forecast for the final two stages in the Ardennes and Flanders hills.

  46. 16:27:32 CEST

    A speed camera captures Phinney travelling at 64km/h!

  47. 16:29:11 CEST

    Phinney has a great TT position, with a flat back and and aero tuck.

  48. 16:29:34 CEST

    Here comes Phinney but he's not going to win.

  49. 16:30:09 CEST

    He sets 16:15, 11 seconds down on Chavanel. He probably hoped to do better.

  50. 16:30:52 CEST

    Perhaps the only rider who can beat Chavanel is Lars Boom (Belkin). he has justed started his ride and is last rider off.

  51. 16:31:26 CEST

    Boom looks fast and committed, diving into an early corner.

  52. 16:35:26 CEST

    Boom is fighting his bike, trying to get maximum speed.

  53. 16:36:07 CEST

    Farrar finishes steady, setting 16:44.

  54. 16:37:35 CEST

    Here comes Gilbert.

  55. 16:38:21 CEST

    He sets 16:35, losing some precious time to Chavanel and others. That will affect his overall chances.

  56. 16:40:02 CEST

    Stybar is also off the pace. He sets 16:42.

  57. 16:42:48 CEST

    Demare sets 17:15. He won a great sprint stage and is only 21.

  58. 16:43:49 CEST

    Boom is reported to be 8 seconds slower than Chavanel at the intermediate time split. He has to fight to limit his losses and think of overall victory on Sunday.

  59. 16:44:22 CEST

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) finishes with a time of 16:53.

  60. 16:44:33 CEST

    Boom is next in.

  61. 16:45:37 CEST

    Boom is not going to win but sets a good time.

  62. 16:46:03 CEST

    of 16:24. That's enough to hold the race lead.

  63. 16:48:33 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is confirmed as the time trial winner. He set a time of 16:04.

  64. 16:49:17 CEST

    Chavanel moves up to second overall, just four seconds down on Boom.

  65. 16:56:59 CEST

    This year's Eneco Tour is still wide open. Saturday's stage is in the Ardennes hills, with the finish atop the La Redoute climb. Sunday's stage is in the Flanders hills and ends with the Muur van Geraardsbergen.










  66. 16:57:56 CEST

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) also has a chance of victory. Time bonuses will also play a factor and make for a very close race.

  67. 16:59:05 CEST

    Phinney is eight seconds down overall, in fourth place.

  68. 16:59:29 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) is third overall, also at eight seconds.

  69. 17:01:27 CEST

    We'll have a full report, huge photo gallery and news from the Eneco Tour very soon on Cyclingnews.com.

  70. 17:06:28 CEST

    That's it for today's live coverage. Join us again for all the race action.

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