Bos fends off rivals at the finish line
Cor Vos
Rabobank clinched its first victory in this year's Eneco Tour. In Genk, Theo Bos sprinted to victory though he was almost defeated at the finish line.
During yesterday's team time trial, the riders already explored part of the course for the World Championships in September. Today, they rode part of the course for September's road race. After their start in Riemst, Belgium, the peloton rode to the Netherlands. They had to climb the Bemelberg twice and the Cauberg once. The Moerslag and the Muizenberg also formed part of the circuit.

The first riders to break away belonged to Katusha Team but they could not remain ahead. Later on, two Belgian riders, Laurens De Vreese and James Vanlandschoot managed to break away together with Alex Dowsett and Matteo Bono. They only rode about five minutes ahead of the peloton, however. Orica-Greenedge kept everything under control for current tour leader Jens Keukeleire. It was mainly Svein Tuft who led the peloton.

With 35 kms to go before the finish line, the leading team was aided by Argos Oil - Shimano. The Dutch counted once again on Marcel Kittel, who won the first stage of the Eneco tour. However, Kittel had some technical issues, right after the peloton reeled in the quarter that rode ahead. The Dutch team Rabobank took advantage of this situation and formed a perfect leadout train for Theo Bos. Bos dashed ahead about 300 meters from the finish line and did not give up his leading position. He did, however, raise his hands too early but John Degenkolb, who finished second, was unable to take advantage of this moment. Heinrich Haussler finished third. Jens Keukeleire remains the overall leader.