Wilco Kelderman takes over the lead in the Eneco Tour of his Lotto Jumbo team-mate Jos Van Emden. "I'm happy we get to keep the jersey in our team."
The finale of the fifth stage from Riemst to Sittard-Geleen was spiced up by heavy rain, which caused havoc on the peloton. The favourites showed their hand on the penultimate climb. "In circumstances like these you know a small group can stay up front", said 24-year-old Kelderman. "When Wellens closed the gap to Greipel, I knew I had to follow them. It proved to be the right move. I'm happy we keep the jersey in our team."
Kelderman leads by just one second over Dylan Van Baarle. Favourites Tim Wellens, Lars Boom, Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert are trailing by 19, 20, 26 and 29 seconds respectively. "Am I a favourite myself after today? Hard to say. I have a very strong team, but guys like Van Avermaet and Gilbert get into the top-ten of almost every classic. I only managed that once. Van Baarle is very strong as well. I'm sure he will be there at the end."
On Saturday and Sunday the riders tackle miniature versions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Flanders. "They should suit me. Even the final stage with the Muur," Kelderman says. "If I can keep my lead tomorrow I have a good chance. I've got a lot of confidence."
Winning the Eneco Tour would be a big deal for young Kelderman. "People underestimate this race, I think it's on par with Paris-Nice. This is simply a fantastic race with real racing. Sort out your tactics and attack, that's what this race is about."