Tim Wellens was all smiles after his coup in the sixth Eneco Tour stage. "Just like last year I've won the queen stage, but this one is even better", said the new leader.

The sixth stage turned into a survival of the fittest with Wellens placing his decisive assault with just over 29 kilometres to go. "Pain is not so bad if you're the best", Wellens smiled. "At first I wanted to get the nine seconds of the Golden Kilometre, but I also planned to carry on."

Wellens built his gap little by little. "The flatter final ten kms were tough, but fortunately I made it. This is really encouraging after an average Tour. Initially I didn't feel great but I improved along the way. "Just like last year I've won the queen stage, but maybe this one is even better."

Tomorrow Wellens starts with a 1'03" lead on Van Avermaet and 1'17" on Kelderman. "I'm pleased my gap is bigger than it was last year. It's still a tough stage, but I can count on a very strong team."