Eneco Tour: Stybar wins in Vlijmen

Czech champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) sped to victory on a dreary stage 2 of the Eneco Tour on Tuesday in Vlijmen. The defending champion emerged from a much-reduced peloton to top Belkin's Lars Boom and Sep Vanmarcke in a wet and windy stage finale.

"It was a chaotic finish as you could see," Stybar said. "I had to bide my time and pick the right moment. There were a lot of attacks going, and I thought I could take my chances. I know these roads. I thought, I have to go with these guys, I didn't really have a choice. I managed the best I could at the end."

The 10-second bonus Stybar received for the stage win vaulted him back into the leader's jersey he won last year, after Andrea Guardini (Astana), the leader at the start of the stage, was left behind on the run-in.

Boom is now second overall by one second, with Vanmarcke in third at six seconds.

How it unfolded

The 177.4-kilometer stage from Waalwijk to Vlijmen was meant to be one for the sprinters, the typical day where a breakaway gets six minutes but is chased back down in the final kilometer before the bunch kick.

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty - Groupe Gobert) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha) were more than happy to be the trio that won the chance for television time, and they gamely forged ahead, building up a gap of 5:50 along the way, while contesting the sprints.

Brutt, the strongest of the three, won all three bonification sprints, getting a boost ahead of the next day's time trial of nine seconds, and moving him into fourth overall by the end of the day.

The situation became a bit desperate in the final hour of racing, as disagreements between the teams of the sprinters, who were aiming only for the stage win, conflicted with those of the overall contenders, who were saving their power for the time trial.

Astana seemed content to have taken the first stage, and did little of the chasing to close down the gap as the trio enjoyed three minutes with under 30km to race.

Belkin and Garmin did much of the work, but could not recruit any help, especially not from Giant-Shimano, whose GC man Tom Dumoulin had a puncture at a critical moment in a section rife with crosswinds, narrow roads and sharp turns.

Up ahead, with 12.5km to go, Brutt left his companions behind and powered away into the center of a rain storm that turned the skies from sunny to an ominous black mass.

The peloton was pounded by the rain with 6km to go, and behind them Dumoulin was chasing with his entire Giant-Shimano team, desperately trying to get back into contention. His hopes were dashed when the team car took the bold move of moving directly in front of the chasing group to provide shelter, and was waved off by the race officials.

Finally, Omega Pharma-QuickStep came to the front of the chase after its sprinter Matteo Trentin crashed in a roundabout, and succeeded in chasing down the entire breakaway, with Brutt succumbing at 4.5km to go.

Once the breakaway was caught, Belkin, Cannondale, and finally Guardini's Astana team came to the fore as the skies opened up with the taps on full, making the pavé sections treacherous.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) tried to push the pace with 2.5km to go, but only drew out Tom Boonen and Vanmarcke as the peloton split in two behind.

Boom, Manuel Quinziato and Stybar got a gap with 1km to go, with Cannondale chasing hard, but they were all caught. Belkin's Bauke Mollema came through to try and break up the bunch, but there was no beating the Czech champion. Stybar, the defending champion, claimed the stage and race lead.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step4:06:16
2Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 5 - Cell 2
7Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2r La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 8 - Cell 2
10Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 9 - Cell 2
11Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenedgeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenedgeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Kristijan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 15 - Cell 2
17Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:06
22Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 22 - Cell 2
24Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 27 - Cell 2
29André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:00:10
30Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.frRow 29 - Cell 2
31Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 33 - Cell 2
35Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:14
38Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 38 - Cell 2
40Alexsei Tcatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 41 - Cell 2
43Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin SharpRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin SharpRow 45 - Cell 2
47Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 49 - Cell 2
51Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 53 - Cell 2
55Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.frRow 54 - Cell 2
56Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 56 - Cell 2
58Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 57 - Cell 2
59Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 58 - Cell 2
60Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 60 - Cell 2
62Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Ag2r La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 66 - Cell 2
68Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r La MondialeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 72 - Cell 2
74Julian Kern (Ger) Ag2r La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 74 - Cell 2
76Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory RacingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:27
79Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge0:00:37
82Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:00:57
83Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:01:16
84Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 85 - Cell 2
87David Millar (GBr) Garmin SharpRow 86 - Cell 2
88Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 87 - Cell 2
89Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 88 - Cell 2
90Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 89 - Cell 2
91Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -0:00:14
92David Boucher (Bel) FDJ.fr0:02:17
93Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:37
95Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 95 - Cell 2
97Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 98 - Cell 2
100Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 99 - Cell 2
101Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 100 - Cell 2
102Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 104 - Cell 2
106Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:03:01
107Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:03:43
108Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale0:04:29
110Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2r La MondialeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:05:35
112Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:06:04
113Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 112 - Cell 2
114Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 113 - Cell 2
115Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-MeridaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -Row 120 - Cell 2
122Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ivan Rovni (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 125 - Cell 2
127Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 126 - Cell 2
128Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Ag2r La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 128 - Cell 2
130Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-StepRow 129 - Cell 2
131Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky0:09:16
132Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 133 - Cell 2
135Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Alberto Bettiol (Ita) CannondaleRow 135 - Cell 2
137Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 136 - Cell 2
138Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 137 - Cell 2
139Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team KatushaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 140 - Cell 2
142Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin SharpRow 141 - Cell 2
143Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 142 - Cell 2
144Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.frRow 143 - Cell 2
145Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 144 - Cell 2
146Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 145 - Cell 2
147Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jean Marc Marino (Fra) CannondaleRow 147 - Cell 2
149Maxime Daniel (Fra) Ag2r La MondialeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 150 - Cell 2
152Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:11:18
153Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 153 - Cell 2
155Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar0:16:30
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha8pts
2Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha8pts
2Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha8pts
2Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step30pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team17Row 4 - Cell 3
6Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step11Row 8 - Cell 3
10Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol10Row 9 - Cell 3
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Combativity 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert10pts
2Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen -2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Combativity 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha10pts
2Alexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert6Row 2 - Cell 3
4David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Belkin Pro Cycling Team12:18:48
2Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3BMC Racing Team0:00:06
4CannondaleRow 3 - Cell 2