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Eneco Tour 2013

Date range:
August 12-18, 2013

August 18, Stage 7: Tienen - Geraardsbergen 208km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the final stage of the Eneco Tour.

  1. 13:40:46 BST

    Today's the final stage of the race, a 208km slog from Tienen to Geraardsbergen.

  2. 13:41:28 BST

    After yesterday's action, here's where we stand on GC:

     

    1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 20:14:03
    2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:09
    3 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24
    4 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:29
    5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
    6 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37
    7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:50
    8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:07
    9 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:16
    10 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:33

  3. 74km remaining from 208km

    13:42:14 BST

    We have just over 70 km to race and we have a break up the road with and advantage of 5'30 over the peloton.

  4. 13:45:03 BST

    The riders in the break are Andre Greipel (Lotto), Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team), Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Julian Kern (Ag2R La Mondiale), Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)

  5. 13:46:44 BST

    • Lampre Merida

    Lampre are currently on the front of the peloton. They missed the attack but it's still a strange move given that they've no real pressure to chase. Perhaps Pozzato is feeling strong...

  6. 13:48:12 BST

    • Argos-Shimano's 2012 Jersey

    Argos is paying close attention to the action at the front though. It's a big challenge for them today and they're going to face a number of attacks but this would signify a huge win for them if they can pull it off. What a season they've had .

  7. 13:49:04 BST

    If you want to know how Wiggins is doing at the moment, he's near the back of the peloton at the moment. He's still trying to find his top form after a tough season.

  8. 13:50:46 BST

    As Miguel Minguez takes a tumble into the grass. He's back up and on the bike in no time though.

  9. 13:51:50 BST

    Argos are getting a free ride at the moment as Lampre continue to do the work on the front. The gap has come down though, and it's at 4'39.

  10. 13:53:20 BST

    • Team Sky

    Stannard is taking a long pull on the front, having been in the action yesterday when Wellens sparked a dangerous counter attack. Stannard was dropped but he's looked in decent form since the Tour de France. Sky announce their Veulta team tomorrow but it's unlikely that the former nation champion will  feature in the squad.

  11. 13:55:52 BST

    Greipel being in the break should be noted. Typically a sprinter but he's also comfortable on this terrain. During the spring classics he's often off the front and I can remember him being in the main break at Paris Roubaix.

     

    He won a superb stage at the Three Days of De Panne a few years ago too. Going on the attack and then winning from a small break with a late attack. Superb and de Panne in the same sentence....

  12. 13:57:11 BST

    • Astana

    At the front of the race Astana are massing behind the Argos lines. With Grivko in third on GC they'll be looking to win this race.

  13. 13:58:34 BST

    In other news Euskaltel have announced their Vuelta line up. One last fling for the Spanish team and although not much has been made of their sponsorship plight, they will be missed next season.

  14. 14:03:18 BST

    • Team BMC

    And after a poor Tour de France Tejay van Garderen is back in action at the US Pro Challenge. A race he's no doubt out to win having won at the Tour of California back in May.

  15. 14:04:16 BST

    Back in the Eneco Tour and Sicard has a puncture.... he looks like he's coming into form by the way, and the gap is down to 3'13 as Lampre continue to set the pace.

  16. 14:09:15 BST

    Yesterday the peloton climbed La Redoute three times but today they'll do the same with the Muur von Geraardsbergen

  17. 58km remaining from 208km

    14:10:05 BST

    Greipel, in the points jersey, currently leads the break with the gap down to 2'53 with 58km to race.

  18. 14:15:22 BST

    Greipel again takes another long turn on the front as he aims to keep the break going for as long a possible and then perhaps compete at the intermediate sprints. The gap though is down to 2'24.

     

  19. 14:16:46 BST

    It will be interesting to see what Omega do today. They have a man in the break but Stybar is second on GC and can probably pip Dumoulin if it comes to a straight sprint on the finish.

  20. 14:20:02 BST

    Just over 50km to go and and de Koert has a rear wheel puncture. He'll have to chase on his own now but it wont be easy with the pace increasing in the bunch as they head towards the next climb. This section is almost harder than the climbs as riders and teams fight for position. No one wants to be caught out near the back of the field at the start of a short climb.

  21. 14:21:23 BST

    Now Orica GreenEDGE come to the front of the peloton and set the pace. Perhaps trying to set something up for Weening or Impey, who is just 29 seconds off the race lead.

  22. 50km remaining from 208km

    14:21:51 BST

    50km to go and the gap is down to 1:55.

  23. 14:23:58 BST

    And Stannard has jumped out from the break. and Greipel goes with him.

  24. 14:25:49 BST

    The duo are clear now although there's a Vacansoleil jersey in the brack ground. It is of course Ligthart and now we have three leaders with 46km to go.

  25. 14:27:49 BST

    The three leaders are working well here together with Stannard coming through and taking a long pull on the front.

  26. 14:28:02 BST

    The bunch are still  coming back  though, and the gap is at 1;45.

  27. 14:28:43 BST

    Just like yesterday, Astana hit the front of the peloton with around 40km to go. There will be no let up from here on in.

  28. 14:29:43 BST

    The three leaders have about 50 meters on the rest of the early break though so it could come back together.

  29. 14:31:14 BST

    • Vacansoleil - DCM

    Ligthart was in the break yesterday too, trying to set up Westra for the stage. It will  be interesting to see how much he has in the tank after that effort.

  30. 14:32:43 BST

    BMC's race could be pivotal for the overall. Gilbert is out, Phinney too, but they'll be keen on showing themselves with the riders they still have in the race. Perhaps Oss?

  31. 14:33:34 BST

    We're hearing that Westra has crashed today. We'll try and get more information as we can.

  32. 14:35:50 BST

    The three leaders have 12 seconds on the chase with the bunch now at 2'05, so the gap has gone out slightly.

  33. 33km remaining from 208km

    14:43:49 BST

    Greipel, Stannard and Ligthart have 30 seconds on the chase group now and Weening has to stop for a bike change. The peloton are at 2;21.

  34. 14:45:05 BST

    Stannard is the closest on GC, 3:58 down on the leader but the real battle for the overall win will come from behind and on the final set of climbs.

  35. 14:46:00 BST

    Right now Greipel is at the back of the three man move and he's struggling, but it's Ligthart who blows first and Greipel has to come around him and get onto Stannard's rear wheel.

    So with 31km to go we have two leaders.

  36. 14:47:32 BST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Jan Bakelants is fourth on GC and he's moved his RadioShack  team to the front to wind up the pace. It doesnt last long though as Lampre make another appearance at the head of the field. 

  37. 14:48:02 BST

    It looks like Pozzato has hit the front and he's making everyone suffer. Chavanel and Oss are close by though.

  38. 14:48:39 BST

    Westra and Steegmans, they've both been dropped off the back.

  39. 14:49:02 BST

    Pozzato's work has created a select group of around 20 riders. Is the race leader there?

  40. 14:49:49 BST

    Dumoulin is there but he's not got any support from his team. How's he going to handle this? he cant chase every single move.

  41. 14:51:50 BST

    Up ahead and Greipel and Stannard have 25 seconds with  27km to go. The remnants of the break are at 36 seconds now, with the race leader at 1'48

  42. 14:52:04 BST

    The leaders are onto the Bosberg now.

  43. 14:52:52 BST

    The race is surely going to explode when the peloton reach the foot of the climb.

  44. 14:53:40 BST

    Stannard leads Greipel as both riders grit their teeth and grind their way up the tough climb.

  45. 14:54:48 BST

    A la Cancellara and Boonen from a couple of years ago in Flanders, Stannard rides away from the Lotto rider near the top of the climb.

  46. 14:55:25 BST

    Now it's the peloton's turn and Boom looks to be setting the pace and Pozzato is attacking.

  47. 14:55:49 BST

    Oss moves to the front and sets the pace and Pippo goes backwards.

  48. 14:56:10 BST

    Chavanel now leads Oss, Boom, Kelderman and Stybar is there.

  49. 14:58:03 BST

    The two leader, Stannard and Greipel are back together again as Chavanel, Oss and Kelderman form a group. Boom and Stybar are further back down the road, Dumoulin , we're not sure yet.

     

  50. 14:58:39 BST

    The Chavanel group catch Ligthart and he's going to sit on here.

  51. 14:59:58 BST

    Chavanel is at 50 seconds on GC so he's the biggest threat at the moment.

  52. 21km remaining from 208km

    15:01:09 BST

    21km to go and Stannard and Greiple are on the Bosberg.and Stannard is just riding away from the German.

  53. 15:01:49 BST

    Greipel is cooked, he can't keep up with that pace as Stannard goes alone with 20 to go.

  54. 15:02:40 BST

    Kelderman, Oss and Chavanel are working well but Grivko is leading the chase and that will help Dumoulin

  55. 15:03:44 BST

    Ligthart has been caught by the bunch as Bakelants attacks from the bunch.

  56. 15:04:23 BST

    Stannard just churns that huge gear as he races towards the finish but he just has a minute on the Chavanel group with 19km to go.

  57. 15:05:22 BST

    Kelderman needs this move to work if he wants to get onto the podium but he could also look to try and drop Chavanel. First and foremost he needs to work with the Frenchman and Oss.

  58. 15:06:28 BST

    The trio have around 20 seconds on the chase. Bakelants is perhaps worried they wont be seen again and is trying to bridge the gap on his own. As the Chavanel group catch Greipel.

  59. 15:07:42 BST

    Greipel latches on as QuickStep try and shut down the moves behind Chavanel.

  60. 15:08:10 BST

    Chavanel has 30 seconds now. He's getting closer to the race lead.

  61. 15:09:56 BST

    Orica are winding up the pace to save Impey's GC hopes now but the gap to Chavanel is at 40 seconds. Bakelants must have sat up as he has a teammate on the front.

  62. 13km remaining from 208km

    15:10:55 BST

    Just 13 to go in the Eneco Tour and the stage and the overall are still wide, wide open.

  63. 15:12:02 BST

    Stannard has a minute on the chase from Chavanel and his group. The peloton at 1'31.

  64. 15:14:40 BST

    The Sky rider is losing a handful of seconds but the bunch should be able to reel him in from here.

  65. 15:15:11 BST

    It's all coming back  together with 10km to go. Stannard has 43 seconds , the bunch then at 1'10.

  66. 15:16:20 BST

    Langeveld who is leaving Orica at the end of the season is burying himself for Impey on the front of the peloton.

  67. 9km remaining from 208km

    15:17:49 BST

    Stannard has just 40 seconds on the chase group, with Greipel still hanging in there. The peloton look organised though and this will help Dumoulin.

  68. 15:19:23 BST

    The Chavanel group have just 10 seconds on the peloton now.

  69. 15:20:08 BST

    It hasn't paid off for Chavanel but his efforts will have helped Stybar who is in the chase move.

  70. 6km remaining from 208km

    15:21:10 BST

    6km to go and the Chavanel group has been caught. Stannard has 29 seconds.

  71. 15:22:00 BST

    And Stybar unleashes a huge attack.

  72. 15:22:15 BST

    Dumoulin is forced to chase this one.

  73. 15:22:35 BST

    Stybar is about to catch Stannard.

  74. 15:22:52 BST

    Dumoulin is doing the chasing but it's going to be hit again, surely.

  75. 15:23:08 BST

    Stybar has Stannard on his wheel as he crests that climb.

  76. 15:23:19 BST

    And Boom now aids with the chase.

  77. 15:23:40 BST

    He sits up though now and this could be Stybar's race.

  78. 15:23:58 BST

    Stybar has 12 seconds with 5km to go.

  79. 15:24:41 BST

    Stannard is working with him too and the gap goes out to 14 seconds

  80. 15:25:12 BST

    Dumoulin was in danger as soon as his team were dropped and his jersey is hanging by a thread.

  81. 15:26:05 BST

    Stybar will be thankful of the work Stannard is doing at the moment with 3km to go.

  82. 15:26:44 BST

    Booom, Weening and Quinziato are in a chase group at 18 seconds but Dumoulin is 30 seconds down. He's not going to come back from this.

  83. 15:27:17 BST

    Just two kilometres to go.

  84. 15:27:56 BST

    Stybar started the day 8 seconds down. he's currently 10 ahead before we factor in bonus seconds. The overall race is his if he can keep this up.

  85. 15:28:09 BST

    onto the final climb

  86. 15:28:24 BST

    Stybar on the front and looking to drop Stannard

  87. 15:28:40 BST

    But Stannard kicks.

  88. 15:28:55 BST

    Stybar responds and goes clear.

  89. 15:29:24 BST

    He comes through the final corner and the win is his. Stannard second. Start the clock.

  90. 15:29:54 BST

    The bunch come through over 20 seconds down so the overall win goes to Stybar.

  91. 15:30:45 BST

    Dumoulin is at the finish. He gave it everything but it wasn't enough.

  92. 15:35:22 BST

    1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    2 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:04
    3 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:12
    4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:14
    5 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:17
    6 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:25
    7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    8 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
    9 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    10 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

  93. 15:39:16 BST

    v1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 25:14:05
    2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:26
    3 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
    4 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:55
    5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
    6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:20
    7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:32
    8 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:34
    9 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:02:07
    10 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:14