Renshaw surprises
Mark Renshaw won the first stage of the Eneco Tour. In the last kilometer, he sprinted ahead of the peloton so he crossed the finish line on his own. André Greipel came in second and Giacomo Nizzolo third.
In the first stage of the Eneco Tour the peloton rode from Koksijde to Ardooie. The last meters were excellent for sprinters, so everyone expected a duel between Marcel Kittel and André Greipel. Yet, they were not the only sprinters; almost every team had one in the race.

Three Belgian riders had a different plan, however: in the first kilometer, Laurens De Vreese broke away together with his team mate Pieter Jacobs. The Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise duo was accompanied by Benjamin Verraes of  Accent Jobs - Wanty. They had a head start of 7 minutes and 20 seconds.  De Vreese won the first Primus Checkpoint Sprint.

It took a while before the sprinter teams in the peloton acted on the situation, but both Argos-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol realized that they could not let these three riders get too far ahead. When the three Belgians had a head start of 8 minutes 25 seconds, Kittel's and Greipel's teams decided to work together. They were later accompanied by  FDJ (Démare).

Argos-Shimano, Lotto-Belisol en FDJ kept changing places. At 15 km before the finish line, De Vreese, Jacobs and Verraes were finally overtaken. 

It seemed that a sprint between the big guys was in the making. All top sprinters were present, and Orica-GreenEdge raised the tempo so big names like Bradley Wiggins and Stijn Devolder fell back.  They could no longer reach the peloton.

At the front, Mark Renshaw managed to break away after his Belkin team mates left a gap. The Aussie had a head start of a few meters and could no longer be passed.. He finished two seconds ahead of André Greipel and Giacomo Nizzolo.

Renshaw now leads in the Eneco Tour. He will ride in the white jersey on Tuesday. He also holds the red jersey, which will be worn by André Greipel. Renshaw leads the Lotto classification, too. Laurens De Vreese will wear the black jersey for the Primus classification.