Niki Terpstra was a happy man after clinching the overall victory in the Eneco Tour. "It's great to take the win here in Geraardsbergen," said the Dutch Etixx-Quick Step rider.

With 50 kilometres to go Terpstra went on the offence, just like planned. "That was our intention. With five riders within a minute of the GC lead, we were in an ideal situation," Terpstra said. "On the second ascent of the Muur, BMC and Tinkoff clearly struggled in the rain. That's when we decided to attack."


Rather than fighting flat out for the stage win, Terpstra quickly focused on the main prize. "I didn't want to bet on two horses. I just didn't want to take the risk and the other two guys were really strong as well. I mainly tried to take the overall victory."

The 32-year-old Dutchman had been aiming for Eneco Tour success. "I went to Verona to specifically prepare for the Eneco Tour and the world championships," said Teprstra. "The team time trial played to our advantage and I knew something was possible here. It's fantastic to take the overall win here in Geraardsbergen. The Muur is a mythical place in cycling and I'm pretty proud of this victory against such an impressive field."