Démare leads in Eneco Tour
Belga
Arnaud Démare won the second stage in the Eneco Tour. In Vorst, he finished before world champion Philippe Gilbert and Tyler Farrar.
After observing a moment of silence for the deceased prince Friso, the peloton left Ardooie to race to Vorst. The course counted six hills, which is reminiscent of the Brabantse Pijl.  Because the finish line was on an incline, this stage would probably not end with a bunch sprint.

Tim Declercq of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise tried to surprise the peloton with a break-away in the first kilometer. His team mate Laurens De Vreese, Gediminas Bagdonas and Mathew Hayman joined him a little later. They were seven minutes ahead, because the peloton let them go after a while.

De Vreese won both Primus Checkpoint Sprints, so he is now firmly entrenched at the top of the ranking. Hayman was fastest in the  Eneco bonus sprint. He tried to break away at Bruine Put, but he could not shake off Declercq and De Vreese. Bagdonas, however, could not keep up.

Omega Pharma-Quick.Step waged war in the peloton. Steegmans sped up first, then Terpstra broke away. However, the peloton caught up. The bunch had more trouble with De Vreese, Declercq and Hayman, who had 20 seconds at five kilometers before the finish line.

The peloton managed to overtake the leaders at the end of the race, and Arnaud Démare proved to be the best on the incline to the finish line. He passed world champion Philippe Gilbert and Tyler Farrar. Leader Mark Renshaw had a puncture at 3 km before the finish line. He loses his leader's jersey to stage winner Démare.