Eneco Tour 2013 / 16 August / Stage 5 – ITT Sittard-Geleen
This year Sittard-Geleen hosted a stage again in the Eneco Tour. The fifth stage of the WorldTour race was a 13,2 kilometres long time trial. Tom Dumoulin (ARG) secured the second best time at the end of the day and Jesse Sergent (RLT) the third best time. However, it was Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) who won the time trial. One of the time trial favorites, Bradley Wiggins (SKY), became fifth, whereas time trial talent Taylor Phinney (BMC) secured the sixth place.
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won the second stage from Ardooie to Vorst in this year’s Eneco Tour. Consequently, he got to wear the leader’s jersey for two days. The first stage from Koksijde to Ardooie was won by Mark Renshaw (BEL) and the third stage from Oosterhout to the Brouwersdam was won by Zdenek Stybar (OPQ). In the fourth stage from Essen to Vlijmen, Démare lost his jersey to Lars Boom (BEL), who won the stage with finish in his hometown Vlijmen.
The 24-year-old Belgian rider Laurens De Vreese (TSV) attacked several times in the first stages of the Eneco Tour and this resulted in the top position in the most combative rider competition. After 7 stages, he earned 66 points, which was almost twice as much as the number two, Mathew Hayman (SKY), and the number three, Pieter Jacobs (TSV). On top of that, Lars Boom (BEL) won the points jersey and the RadioShack – Leopard team was the best in the teams classification after 7 stages through Belgium and The Netherlands.
As said before, Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) was the fastest rider in the ITT. After 7 stages, Sylvain Chavanel’s teammate Zdenek Stybar became the winner of the Eneco Tour. He won the final stage from Tienen to Geraardsbergen. The sixth stage, from Riemst to La Redoute (Aywaille) was won by David Lopez (SKY). It was the talented rider from Argos-Shimano, Tom Dumoulin, who became second in the WorldTour race. Andriy Grivko (AST) secured the third position.