Stybar leads Omega Pharma-Quick.Step to victory
Omega Pharma-Quick.Step clinched its first victory in the Eneco Tour. The Belgian team had to wait until the sprint for its victory thanks to Zdenek Stybar.
Laurens De Vreese, leader in the Primus classification was the first to attack today. Together with Benjamin Verraes of Accent Jobs-Wanty De Vreese tried to break away from the peloton. However, the two were not allowed the room to do so. De Vreese's team mate Jelle Wallays did manage a break-away. Together with Alex Rasmussen, Eloy Teruel and Axel Domont he managed to get more than six minutes ahead.
For fear of the wind, the peloton wanted to keep the leaders close by, so the gap was quickly closed. In the meantime, Pablo Lastras was thrown out of the race. The Spaniard held on to the Movistar team car several times.
Drafting was common in the peloton. Some riders fell, such as red jersey wearing Taylor Phinney. He did manage to catch up with the peloton again, however. The American did have trouble when the Omega Pharma-Quick.Step riders sped up. They caught up with the leaders, but did not manage to break away.
Jelle Wallays attacked again. He and his team mate De Vreese were over a minute ahead of the peloton. De Vreese's result today strengthened his position in the Primus classification. At the second Checkpoint, Wallays got the maximum points. A few seconds later he let himself be overtaken.
The riders seemed to stick together, and it looked like the race would end with a bunch sprint. At the end, however, André Greipel left a gap, and Jurgen Roelandts managed to break away.. Maximiliano Richeze, Zdenek Stybar and Lars Boom also escaped the peloton.The latter started the sprint, but Richeze and Stybar overtook him. The Czech would eventually win the race.