Eneco Tour 2015 / 10 August / Stage 1 – Bolsward-Bolsward
This year the Eneco Tour started in Bolsward in the north of the Netherlands. Just like the previous editions, the Eneco Tour lasts one week with stages in Holland and Belgium. The first stage of the race was 183,5 kilometres long with two big laps crossing a part of Friesland and two small laps in and around the area of Bolsward. Nine years ago the Eneco Tour was also in Friesland and back then Tom Boonen (EQS) was the winner of the stage. He did not win this time around, but he did win the third stage later in the week in Ardooie.
Last year the Eneco Tour was won by a young talented rider, the Belgian Tim Wellens (LTS). He was the first Belgian rider ever to win the Eneco Tour and this year it was one of his goals again. Just back from his first Tour the France, he was still motivated and feeling strong. Although Wilco Kelderman (TLJ) took the leaders jersey in the fifth stage, Wellens attacked in the sixth and won this heroic stage and also took over the first position in the general classification. In the last stage to Geraardsbergen, Wellens was able to defend his position. For the second time in a row he was the winner of the Eneco Tour. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) was second and Wilco Kelderman third.
Team Lotto-Soudal and Trek Factory Racing were leading the peloton during the race. A bunch of 6 riders formed the head of the race for a long time, but they got caught at 16 kilometres before the finish.
Elia Viviani (SKY) was the winner of the sprint, leaving Danny van Poppel (TFR) and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) behind him. André Greipel wasn’t on the podium, ending at a fourth place. By winning the stage, Viviani was also leading the general classification. This only lasted for one day though, because the day after Greipel won the stage in Breda and earned the leaders jersey.