Eneco Tour 2015

August 10-16, 2015, Bolsward, Netherlands/Belgium, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of the Eneco Tour stage 4.

Stage 3 report

  1. 15:03:58 CEST

     It's time trial day at the Eneco Tour and you join us as Jos Van Emden sets the fastest time of the day seven seconds ahead of Adriano Malori. 

  2. 15:09:33 CEST

     Malori is a very good rider over these short courses, so that time by Van Emden is impressive. 

  3. 15:13:31 CEST

    Dutch TT champion Wilco Kelderman is about to begin his ride. He's hoping for a good overall finish this week. 

  4. 15:18:32 CEST

     Manuel Quinziato finishes with a time of 16:50, which is enough to put him into third at the moment.

  5. 15:25:05 CEST

    Here is the top 10 how it stands after Quinziato's time.

     

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:16:34
    2 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    5 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21
    6 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 00:00:23
    7 Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:25
    8 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 00:00:29
    9 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 00:00:32
    10 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:34

     

  6. 15:29:51 CEST

    Wellens finishes in a time of 16:58 and that puts him seventh in the standings at 24 seconds down. 

  7. 15:36:27 CEST

    • Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2015 team jersey

    As Lars Boom continues on his way his compatriot Wilco Kelderman has put in the second fastest time of the day. He stopped the clock at 16:39. 

     

  8. 15:38:40 CEST

    Lars Boom goes over the line just a hair slower than Malori to set the fourth fastest time. He'll be reasonably happy with that. 

     

  9. 15:41:01 CEST

    After that little flurry of strong performances, here's how the top 10 is looking. 

     

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:16:34
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:02
    3 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 00:00:07
    5 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    6 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    7 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21
    8 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 00:00:23
    9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal 00:00:24
    10 Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:25
     

     

  10. 15:47:52 CEST

    • BMC Racing 2015 team jersey

    Greg van Avermaet also slots himself into the top 10 at 14 seconds down. His teammate Philippe Gilbert is off in around 20 minutes. 

  11. 15:52:01 CEST

    Another rider sticking himself into the top 10 is Mathias Brandle. He goes fifth with a 16:45. He possibly would have been hoping to get a bit closer to that top time of Van Emden. 

     

  12. 15:54:05 CEST

    A bike change for Terpstra, that's his second and he's going to have to fight really hard in these final kilometres. 

     

  13. 15:56:09 CEST

    Terpstra has lost a whole lot of time in that and comes home at 1:25 down on Van Emden. His teammate Alaphilippe finishes soon after and almost hits the barriers as he drives to the line. The Frenchman slots into 20th. 

     

  14. 16:00:29 CEST

    Terpstra and Alaphilippe didn't trouble the top 10 with their times. Here is the latest look at our top 10 from today's stage. 

     

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:16:34
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:02
    3 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 00:00:07
    5 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling 00:00:11
    6 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing 00:00:14
    7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    9 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21
    10 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 00:00:23
     

     

  15. 16:06:21 CEST

    Navardauskas crosses the line in a time of 17:01 and just misses out on the top 10. We're getting towards the pointy end of the bunch with the race leader Asselman set to leave at 16:29 local time. 

     

  16. 16:08:53 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert has begun his run. He's a former national TT champion, so he'll be hoping for a strong performance here. 

     

  17. 16:10:37 CEST

    Away from the racing for a moment and Chris Froome told the BBC that he wants to be a spokesman for clean cycling. Froome will be riding the Vuelta a Espana at the end of this month. Read Froome's full comments here

     

  18. 16:12:56 CEST

    Tom Boonen is currently warming up by the team bus. He'll be the penultimate man to roll off the start ramp today. 

     

  19. 16:15:51 CEST

    As the riders keep coming over the line, Van Emden's victory is looking increasingly certain. It was a very good time from the Dutchman earlier today. 

     

  20. 16:18:04 CEST

    Race leader Jesper Asselman is not known for his time trialling skills and it's likely that he'll have to hand over his jersey at the end of the day. 

     

  21. 16:21:11 CEST

    Gilbert fighting with the bike a bit on the corners. He's not got much further to go though. 

     

  22. 16:23:13 CEST

    Grivko comes home with a time of 17:03. He looks a little disappointed with that.

     

  23. 16:23:41 CEST

    Andre Greipel is out on the road now and we've only got two more riders to start. 

     

  24. 16:24:40 CEST

    Gilbert drives for the line and finishes 8th with a time of 16:54. A strong time from the Belgian. 

     

  25. 16:27:10 CEST

    This is what Gilbert's time has done to the top 10

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:16:34
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:02
    3 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 00:00:07
    5 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling 00:00:11
    6 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:14
    7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:20
    9 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    10 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21

     

  26. 16:29:28 CEST

    Asselman is now on course and that's all the riders on their way. 

     

  27. 16:33:10 CEST

    Some tense moments for Van Emden in the hotseat as he waits for the final riders to cross the line. 

     

  28. 16:34:33 CEST

    As we wait for the last riders to finish, we can bring you news that Dan Martin will leave Cannondale-Garmin at the end of this season

     

  29. 16:37:38 CEST

    The focus is on Boonen and Asselman at the moment but we've got several riders out on the road including Edward Theuns and Andre Greipel. Van Emden looks certain of the stage win but what of the race lead?

     

  30. 16:41:44 CEST

    Andre Greipel finishes with a time of 18:08.

     

  31. 16:42:52 CEST

    Boonen will be the next rider over the line. What will he do?

     

  32. 16:45:36 CEST

    Tom Boonen finishes in 17:42. A valiant try from the Belgian but he's going to slip down the standings. 

     

  33. 16:47:26 CEST

    Asselman finishes with a time of 1806 and Van Emden wins the stage.

     

  34. 16:48:21 CEST

    And here is your top 10 for the stage

     

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:16:34
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:02
    3 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 00:00:07
    5 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling 00:00:11
    6 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:14
    7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:20
    9 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    10 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21
     

     

  35. 16:55:15 CEST

    The GC after that stage looks exactly the same as the day's result with Van Emden the top of the standings.

     

    1 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:30:09
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 00:00:02
    3 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    4 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 00:00:07
    5 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Iam Cycling 00:00:11
    6 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:14
    7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 00:00:16
    8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:20
    9 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:21
    10 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:21

     

  36. 16:58:57 CEST

    New leader Jos Van Emden had this to say after the stage. 

     

    “A wins is always important, especially for the team, we don’t have so many victories yet, but now our time triallist are going really good in the team. I’ve been close a couple of times now and I deserve this, I deserve this win.”

     

  37. 17:02:43 CEST

    Before we leave you for the day, the latest Cyclingnews podcast is available to download. In this week's episode we talk about Froome's decision to ride the Vuelta, the Tour de Pologne and the Tour of Utah. Plus interviews with Marcel Kittel and Simon Clarke. 

     

    You can subscribe to the podcast here.

     

  38. 17:06:48 CEST

    That is it from the Eneco Tour today, tune in tomorrow for stage 5 and click here for a round-up of the action from today's stage. 

     

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