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Eneco Tour 2016: Stage 6


Hello and welcome to more live coverage. As we join today's stage of the Eneco Tour, there are 75km left to race of the 197km stage.  

After Friday's TTT stage, the race has been turned upside down with BMC and Rohan Dennis back in the lead. 

For full details on the TTT, click on our full stage report and photo gallery here.

As we join the action out on the road, there is a two-rider break out front, with the peloton chasing at 4:40.  

We stand corrected, there are six riders in the break, making the move a lot more interesting.  

The six in the break are: Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen), Berden de Vries (Roompot), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Chad Haga (Giant), Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida).

The BMC team is leading the chase as it defend's Dennis' leader's jersey. 

58km remaining from 197km

Matteo Tosatto of Tinkoff is also on the front, helping bring the break back under control.  

The break hits the Bois de Damme climb, it is short but steep at  900m and 12%. It's the steepest climb of the stage. 

Crash! Marcel Sieberg goes down hard, flipping over his bike.  

Other riders went down too but got up quickly. Seiberg is in pain and may not be able to carry on. 

The climb twists and turns up under the trees and is steep. 

Several riders have attacked over the top of the climb, stringing out the peloton. This is going to hurt.  

Those on the attack include Haas, Benoot and Bauer. 

BMC has sent Daniel Oss into the move to protect Dennis' lead.  

The move got a gap but now the peloton has closed them down as th road kicks up again. 

147km remaining from 197km

We have more attacks as the rolling roads make it difficult for BMC to control the peloton.

Dennis is wearing the leader's white jersey, with Peter Sagan in the red points jersey instead of his usual rainbow jersey.

We're hearing that Marcel Kittel (Etixx) has been distanced. It will be interesting to see if he can get back on or if the other teams will ride to stop him. 

Tom Bohli of BMC drops back after doing a lot of work during the first part of the stage.

The riders are currently to the south of Masstricht, riding in the hills of the Limburg area of Belgium. 

Will the break stay away until the Golden Km and the extra bonus seconds on offer? We will soon find out. 

37km remaining from 197km

Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac) is currently in no-man's land, trying to get across to the attack. 

33km remaining from 197km

28km remaining from 197km

No doubt Katusha would love to see Kristoff win the sprint. 

Here we go, it's time for the Golden KM sprints. 

The sprints are on a climb making extra tough today.

Haga used his climbing ability andform to take all three sprints, collecting 3x3 seconds.  

Behind BMC are losing riders after doing all the work today, while Kittel is also distanced again. 

Tinkoff now has two riders helping with the chase. It seems Peter Sagan is ready to go for another sprint victory. 

Astana is also helping with the chase. 

18km remaining from 197km

17km remaining from 197km

Kittel was suffering before but rivals Nizzolo and Greipel are up front at the head of the peloton. 

Jules Jensen (Orica) gives it a dig and sparks some reaction in the peloton.

Tony Martin (Etixx) was one of the chasers but the peloton refuses to let any attacks stay away.  

That is helping the break of five, who still leads by 1:00.

Riders in the peloton are eating last minute gels for a a shot of caffeine. Lotto Soudal is also helping the chase now, as are Orica for Matthews. 

This could be a close one if the peloton doesn't get fully organised.

BMC would be happy for the break to stay away and so take the bonus seconds.

Van Lerberghe takes the Primus sprint and so extends his lead in the special competition.

10km remaining from 197km

Crash! Several go down after the peloton comes back together after a roundabout.

8km remaining from 197km

7km remaining from 197km

The riders are on the outskirts of Lanaken now. 

5km remaining from 197km

The neutral car is pulled out from behind the break. this is coming back together. 

Favourites for the sprint include Sagan, Bouhanni, Demare, Nizzolo, Greipel and it seems Kittel, who is back in the peloton.

Nizzolo has several Trek teammates to help him with a leadout. 

The gap is still 20 seconds to the break. This will be close. 

Trek has picked up the chase for Nizzolo. 

The peloton can see the break now but they're still out of reach. They may have blown their chance. 

196km remaining from 197km

Haga is on the front as the others begin to play games. 

The five still have a gap!

The break stays away. 

Pibernik takes  close sprint!!

That's a great win for Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida). The five all surged together and were equally matched but the Slovenian had an edge and held on to hit the first line first. 

That's a heart breaking second place for McNally after he went so close the other day. 

Nizzolo beat Bouhanni and Boasson Hagen to take the bunch sprint for sixth place, five seconds behind the break.    

That was a nail biting finale, with the break getting the better of the peloton. 

It mans that Peter Sagan failed to pull back any seconds on his BMC rivals, boosting Rohan Dennis' chances of overall victory.  

Dennis leads teammate Taylor Phinney by 16 seconds, with Tony Martin (Etixx) third in GC at 24 seconds. Sagan is fourth at 27 seconds.   

With the GC unchanged, the Eneco Tour will be fought out on the final stage on Sunday, with a finish on the Muur of Geraardsbergen after a tough day in the Flemish hills. 

Luka Pibernik was overjoyed but also stunned to have won the stage. 

Pibernik has been a professional for three seasons with Lampre-Merida despite still only turning 23 in a months time. He is set to ride for the Bahrain-Merida team in 2017.

His previous victories came at the Slovenian national championships, making this stage victory by far his biggest pro win so far. 

He started his season way back in January at the Tour Down Under but also rode the Tour de France, which he finished. 

We have the first images of today's race, including this shot of the finishing sprint. 

It sounds like Chad Haga was happy with his day out front in he break. 

This is another great shot of the sprint, showing how Pibernik got it by half a bike length at the line.

Rohan Dennis kept the white and red leader's jersey for another day.

That's about it for today's live coverage.

We'll be back on Sunday for live coverage of the seventh and final stage at this year's Eneco Tour.

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