After a spectacular final stage Niki Terpstra has conquered the Eneco Tour. The 32-year-old Dutchman went on the offensive with Edvald Boasson Hagen, who won the finale stage in Geraardsbergen.
After 65 kilometres nine riders finally managed to break away, including former winner Tim Wellens, Roy Curvers (Giant-Alpecin), Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky), Carlos Verona (Orica-BikeExchange), Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana), Marc Sarreau (FDJ), Winner Anacona (Movistar), Brian Van Goethem (Roompot Oranje Peloton) and Simone Antonini (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), with Anacona being the best-placed rider 1'07 behind leader Rohan Dennis.
The first passage on the Muur had points in store for the Primus Checkpoint. Primus combativity leader Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) wasn't present in the leading group, but the young Belgian had already done enough to secure his green jersey. After the first ascent of the Muur, Tinkoff took control of the chase for their leader Peter Sagan, bringing the gap down to a mere minute. Wellens decided to up the pace in the leading group and only Curvers, Nordhaug, Verona and Anacona managed to follow.
The second passage on the Muur of Geraardsbergen was made even trickier when it started raining, which inspired Wellens to attack again. This time he succeeded and the Belgian was all on his own.
While Wellens was caught with less than 50 kilometres to go, nine riders decided to take matters into their own hands, including Niki Terpstra (the best placed rider at 27 seconds behind Dennis), Naesen, Greipel, Van Poppel, Sutterlin and Boasson Hagen. Their attack was also affected by the rain, with Greipel and Van Poppel crashing out of the lead. The remaining even leaders worked together superbly to increase their gap, being chased by a group with Sagan, Greipel, Dumoulin, Degenkolb, Stybar and Debusschere.
On the final ascent of the Muur Juul Jensen and Lutsenko had to let the other leaders go. On the Bosberg Terpstra took 9 seconds in the Eneco Golden Kilometre and he would fight for the victory with Jungels, Naesen, Sutterlin and Boasson Hagen, as the chasing group with Sagan would never make it to the front again.
The Denderoordberg, with six kilometres to go, signalled the end for Sutterlin. Naesen, Boasson Hagen and Terpstra took on the final ascent of the Vesten. Boasson Hagen proving to be the strongest, beating Terpstra and Naesen after an exciting finish. Tom Dumoulin and Greg Van Avermaet rounded out the top-five.
In the general classification Terpstra took the overall victory away from Dennis. After a brilliant final stage Naesen took second place, followed by Peter Sagan.