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Eneco Tour 2010

Date range:
August 17-24, 2010

August 20, Stage 3: Ronse (Bel) - Ronse (Bel) 191.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of Stage 3 of the Eneco Tour. The stage is a tough day in the Flemish hills around the town of Ronse. It is a summer visit to the roads of the Spnig classics.

  1. 42km remaining from 191.8km

    15:45:07 CEST

    The pace of the race has just eased but there was lots of action earlier.  Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) was in the early break of the day and cleverly took the bonus seconds at the two intermediate sprints. He is the virtual race leader although he is now struggling to hang onto the peloton on the steep cobbled climbs that are like sharks teeth on the race profile.

  2. 15:47:13 CEST

    Upfront the peloton is splitting after the first of the final five climbs, the Mont Saint-Laurent.

  3. 15:48:53 CEST

    There are five riders with a 100m gap. The bunch is chasing but the race is on.

  4. 37km remaining from 191.8km

    15:50:12 CEST

    Edvald Boasson Hagen is up there, with two Rabobank riders and Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia)

  5. 35km remaining from 191.8km

    15:54:56 CEST

    15 riders have now formed at the front with Boasson Hagen and Martin. But we can expected another selection very soon.

  6. 15:56:35 CEST

    Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank) and Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) are on the attack again over the top of the Mont d’Ellezelles climb.

  7. 15:59:58 CEST

    The duo have 16 seconds now as they turn right and head to the Kanarieberg climb. There are two chaser, with other small groups scattered behind them.

  8. 29km remaining from 191.8km

    16:01:58 CEST

    Vasil Kiryienka (Caisse d'Epargne) and Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Doimo) are the first chasers but Kiryienka is struggling. The next group is now 50 seconds behind.

  9. 16:03:43 CEST

    Canada's Svein Tuft is the main peloton. The Garmin rider will have to hope the race comes back together and that Andre Greipel is not there if he wants to keep the leader's jersey.

  10. 26km remaining from 191.8km

    16:06:41 CEST

    The race has settled down but there are still two tough climbs before the finish.

  11. 23km remaining from 191.8km

    16:08:14 CEST

    Saxo Bank and Team Sky are now working on the front of the chase group. There are about 50 riders in the group. But the gap is still opening.

  12. 16:09:32 CEST

    Tony Martin is working hard on the front. He is only seven seconds down in the overall standings and looks set to take the overall race lead if the move stays away.

  13. 16:10:54 CEST

    The Kruisberg is the next climb. It is 950 metres long at 6.6%.

  14. 21km remaining from 191.8km

    16:12:45 CEST

    Svein Tuft is at the front of the chase group as Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) jumps away. The gap is now 55 seconds.

  15. 16:13:44 CEST

    Other riders have joined Porte but the race is very fluid. The gap is coming down slowly but so is the race distance.

  16. 16:15:35 CEST

    The Oude Kwaremont is the next and final climb. It is 2200m long at climbs at 4.3%

  17. 16km remaining from 191.8km

    16:19:12 CEST

    The gap to the two leaders is now over a minute. The three chasers are not pulling back much time either.

  18. 14km remaining from 191.8km

    16:20:55 CEST

    Indeed the trio have been caught. But does the bunch have the desire and strength to pull back Martin and Moerenhout? Probably not.

  19. 16:23:28 CEST

    Rabobank put three riders on the front of the peloton, blocking the road but Richie Porte quickly stopped their blocking technique as the Kwaremont kicks in.

  20. 16:24:33 CEST

    Here comes Eddy... Eddy Basson Hagen. He's powered off the front, smashing the group but can he close the gap on his own?

  21. 11km remaining from 191.8km

    16:27:22 CEST

    Martin and Moerenhout go over the top of the first part of the cobbled climb, with Boasson Hagen chasing alone. The peloton is at 1:07


  22. 16:28:08 CEST

    The gaps are widening and the bunch is plitting on the second section of cobbles.

  23. 16:29:00 CEST

    The chasers can see Boasson Hagen up the road on a long drag up. He is strong but used his strength at the wrong time.

  24. 9km remaining from 191.8km

    16:29:39 CEST

    Boasson Hagen is trying to time trial in the pursuit of the two leaders.

  25. 8km remaining from 191.8km

    16:30:39 CEST

    There is a dozen or so riders chasing Boasson Hagen but Svein Tuft does not seem to be with them.

  26. 16:31:14 CEST

    The chasers are at 1:15, with Tuft at 1:30.

  27. 5km remaining from 191.8km

    16:33:41 CEST

    Tuft is closing the gap behind.

  28. 4km remaining from 191.8km

    16:35:13 CEST

    Boasson Hagen is still chasing hard. He won't catch them but will gain time on the other riders.

  29. 16:36:32 CEST

    Will Martin let Moerenhout take the stage in exchange for helping him gain precious time overall? Probably. The time Martin has gained is likely to be enough to set him up for overall victory.

  30. 2km remaining from 191.8km

    16:37:41 CEST

    Boasson Hagen is caught by the chasers as they acclelerate but they have left it too late to catch the two up front.

  31. 16:38:29 CEST

    Where in the final kilometre of the stage.

  32. 16:38:45 CEST

    Here's the sprint for the stage win.

  33. 16:40:00 CEST

    Moerenhout goes for it a long way out but had the legs to out power Martin. However Martin will take the overall race lead.

  34. 16:40:59 CEST

    Allan Davis (Astana) wins the sprint for third but throws up his arms thinking he has won the stage.

  35. 16:43:31 CEST

    The other groups of riders are finishing now. Edvald Boasson Hagen was fourth but missed out on the time bonuses.

  36. 16:54:29 CEST

    Martin is confirmed as new overall leader, 10 seconds ahead of  Moerenhout.

  37. 16:55:04 CEST

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