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12th Eneco Tour 18.09-25.09
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/25/2016
12th Eneco Tour 18.09-25.09
 
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September 28, 2016

Terpstra wins Eneco Tour

Etixx-Quickstep's Niki Terpstra claimed the seven stage Eneco Tour of the Benelux finishing safely in the bunch on a rain-swept stage into Geraardsbergen won by Edvald Boassen-Hagen.

Terpstra finished with a 31 second advantage over Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) with Points Competition Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) in third spot one minute back. A casualty of the days inclement conditions was earlier race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC).

Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL - Jumbo) was the first to pull on the race leaders after winning the opening stage into Bolsward. His reign was shortlived with Dennis triumphing in the 9.6km stage two time trial to assume the lead overall.

Sagan wrested the lead away from Dennis after the second of back-to-back stage wins on stage four but BMC struck back with victory in the Team Time Trial on Stage 5 with Terpstra's Etixx-Quickstep claiming second spot.

At the beginning of the penultimate stage what the race lacked in hills it gained in tension with seven riders were within 30 seconds of the race lead. The stage ended with a bunch sprint however that saw little change in the top except for the retirement of Marcel Kittel.

The start of stage seven saw Dennis with a 27" lead but with weather and a course that featured cobbles and brutal bergs the risks were high as the Australian discovered when he crashed heavily. Terpstra meanwhile had taken the bull by the horn and had attacked along with Edvald Baossen Hagen and Naesen pulling out a 42" lead at the line, more thna enough to hold off his nearest threat Peter Sagan who had to settle for his brace of stge wins and the win in the Points Competition.

The team compeption went to Etixx Quick Step with Movistar second and Team LottoNL-Jumbo third.

Race Highlights

Race Results

Eneco Tour Stage 7 Route Map

H2 level heading

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