Tim Wellens has taken a major step towards securing his second consecutive Eneco Tour. The Lotto-Soudal Belgian won the tough Saturday stage after a majestic 25 kilometre solo.

After twenty kilometres the early breakaway took shape with five riders: Sébastien Turgot (AG2R), Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin), Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) and Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling). The peloton conceded a maximum of five minutes. Before the break there was a scrap for the Primus combativity ranking. Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) took ten points to take over the lead from Jesper Asselman (Roompot).

LottoNL-Jumbo took charge of the peloton. The race really exploded on the Côte de Saint-Roch with 69 kilometres to go. Eight riders took their chances. Van Avermaet (BMC), Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), Bakelants (AG2R), Lutsenko, Grivko, (Astana), Tanner (IAM Cycling) and Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) quickly took half a minute, but couldn't stay out of the peloton's reach. Their efforts did reduce the gap to the leaders, who were caught on the Côte Rue Bois des Moines by a peloton reduced to 19, with Boom (Astana) a notable absentee.

An exciting finale saw plenty of action with a splitting attack by Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) and Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), which caused a lot of trouble for leader Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo). Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) attacked with 25 km to go and closed the gap to the two leaders, while Kelderman had to give way. 


Wellens carried on solo and took all nine seconds in the Golden Kilometre. He increased his lead and secured another majestic victory in the race's most demanding stage, reminiscent of last year's display of power on La Redoute. 

Van Avermaet was second, 49 seconds behind, with Geschke third. Wellens takes over the lead of Kelderman and leads Van Avermaet by 1'03". Kelderman is third on 1'17".