Eneco Tour 2010

August 17-24, 2010, Steenwijk (Ned), Various, Road - UPT (ProTour)

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the first road stage of the 2010 Eneco Tour. The 177km stage is from  Steenwijk to Rhenen in the Netherlands. It is expected to finish in a bunch sprint.  

  1. 16:05:09 CEST

    The 177km stage has been dominated by a three rider break but the peloton has never let them get away.

  2. 16:08:14 CEST

    Pavel Brutt (Katusha) Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) attacked early in the stage and were later joined by the Italian Adriano Malory (Lampre-Farnese Vini). They built a solid lead of almost three minutes but the peloton is now chasing hard, with several teams taking over from Garmin-Transitions, who were protecting Svein Tuft's overall race lead.


  3. 35km remaining from 178km

    16:12:10 CEST

    Crash! The bunch has been delayed by a big pile-up. Gianni Meersman (Francaise des Jeux) is still on th ground and may be out of the race.

  4. 32km remaining from 178km

    16:13:18 CEST

    The race is on country lanes with lots of turns today. Hence the high risk of crashes.

  5. 16:14:02 CEST

    Fortunately the sun is now shining after the rain and wind of Tuesday's prologue stage.

  6. 16:15:15 CEST

    Michael Barry (Team Sky), Richie Porte and Jens Voigt ( Saxo Bank) are chasing hard to recatch the peloton after the crash. The peloton is not waiting for them as the speed gets faster and faster.

  7. 30km remaining from 178km

    16:18:25 CEST

    Another 90 degree turn and the peloton is lined out. The chasers are still in the team cars. There are others with Voigt, Porte and Barry but they're struggling in the traffic.

  8. 16:19:56 CEST

    Here come Milram, with three riders on the front of the peloton. There is a slight crosswind and so the riders are fighting for position.

  9. 16:20:50 CEST

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is chasing. He's not at his best after taking a break following his excellent Tour de France.

  10. 16:23:20 CEST

    The gap to the trio in the break is coming down rapidly but the chasers are still off the back.

  11. 21km remaining from 178km

    16:24:25 CEST

    The break is passing through the finish area for the first time and the climber's will be disappointed to see that the final 500 metres kick up quite significantly. 

  12. 20km remaining from 178km

    16:25:46 CEST

    The gap is now just 50 seconds. But will the sprinter's teams chase after seeing the finish?

  13. 16:27:24 CEST

    Garmin are back on the front, perhaps riding for Robbie Hunter.

  14. 16:28:20 CEST

    The overhead shots show the constant movement in the peloton. Riders are coming up on the outsides  and then fighting for position at the front, while dodging the traffic furniture.

  15. 16:30:34 CEST

    Crash!  Lampre-Farnese Vini rider Matteo Bono has crashed and is rolling around in pain. He seemed to tangle with Alberto Ongarato (Vacansoleil) and dragged each other off the road. Ongarato rolled down the grass vege but seemed okay.

  16. 18km remaining from 178km

    16:32:15 CEST

    Rabobank are now leading the peloton and the gap is still going down.

  17. 16:33:10 CEST

    The peloton is one long line now as the corners stretch the field.

  18. 16:34:30 CEST

    The wind seems to be playing a vital factor. When the wind drops or the peloton is protected, the pace eases. Then after a corner, the sidewind kicks in and the pace goes balistic. 

  19. 15km remaining from 178km

    16:35:25 CEST

    Tom Leezer (Rabobank) has crashed at a roundabout after he tried to go one way and another rider went in the other.

  20. 16:36:25 CEST

    The peloton has eased after the crash and that has helped the breakway trio up front. Will they be caught?

  21. 13km remaining from 178km

    16:38:02 CEST

    The speed goes back up as Vacansoleil move to the front. This is going to be a really nervous finish.

  22. 11km remaining from 178km

    16:38:50 CEST

    The peloton is racing on half the road with the rest full of traffic on a closed off lane.

  23. 10km remaining from 178km

    16:40:04 CEST

    The gap is down to 20 seconds now.

  24. 16:41:14 CEST

    Now it is time for the final 90 degree corners that will shuffle the pack. This finish is more like a Belgian kermesse.

  25. 16:41:54 CEST

    The peloton can see the trio now but they're not giving up yet.

  26. 8km remaining from 178km

    16:43:35 CEST

    That's it, the peloton is back together. The trio has been caught but now Rabobank are trying to split the bunch in the cross winds.

  27. 7km remaining from 178km

    16:44:55 CEST

    The peloton is one long line and could split unless they turn quickly and get out of the wind. This is classic Dutch racing.

  28. 16:46:06 CEST

    Riders are getting shelled out of the back like peas falling out of a pod. Speed bumps are adding to the chaos.

  29. 4km remaining from 178km

    16:48:20 CEST

    HTC-Columbia and Team Sky are positioning themselves near the front.

  30. 2km remaining from 178km

    16:49:43 CEST

    Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) is on the front and squeezing the peloton in the ditch as the sidewind blows and stretches out the field.

  31. 2km remaining from 178km

    16:50:33 CEST

    Almost time for the sprint.

  32. 1km remaining from 178km

    16:50:56 CEST

    Last km. 

  33. 16:51:27 CEST

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) takes a flyer.

  34. 16:52:11 CEST

    He's gone too early and is passed before the line. 

  35. 16:52:39 CEST

    The sprinters flicked to the other side of the road and Robbie Mcewen (Katusha) wins the sprint.

  36. 16:54:01 CEST

    McEwen timed his effort perfectly on the tough finish. It was climbing but had the late speed to win.

  37. 16:54:34 CEST

    JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) and Allan Davis (Astana) got second and third. 

  38. 16:58:00 CEST

    McEwen confirmed to Cyclingnews that he will race for another season in 2011 but has yet to reveal if he will stay with Katusha or change teams. His names has been linked to the Fly V Australian team that is applying for a ProTour licence in 2011.

  39. 16:59:12 CEST

    A slight correction to the provisional results. It was Lucas Sebastian Haedo from Saxo Bank that finished second behind McEwen.

  40. 17:05:26 CEST

    Provisional stage result:

    1. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 178km in 4:16:35
    2. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
    3. Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
    4. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
    5. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto.

    We are still awaiting confirmation on the overall leader of the race.

  41. 17:10:34 CEST

    That's all from the Cyclingnews live coverage of today's first road race stage at the Eneco Tour. We'll have a full report, a gallery of photographs and full results very shortly. 

    Thursday's 210km stage 2 is from Rucphen in the Netherlands to Ardooie in Belgium. There wil lbe live coverage yet again here on Cyclingnews.

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