Stybar: 'Petacchi was supposed to win'
Zdenek Stybar clinched the victory in the third stage of the Eneco Tour. But afterwards, the Czech confessed that he actually wanted to lead team mate Alessandro Petacchi to victory.
Omega Pharma-Quick.Step wanted to draft in Zeeland but when that did not work, Alessandro Petacchi was given a chance. "I would normally be working for Alessandro", winner Zdenek Stybar admitted. "But when Greipel left a gap, I knew I had to go for it."

Lars Boom and Maximiliano Richeze also followed Jurgen Roelandts. "We were joking that we could do cyclocross tomorrow," Stybar laughed. The Thursday stage will start in Essen, his home town. The finish line in Vlijmen, on the other hand, is close to Boom's home.

"It's a little sad that I can't take the leader's jersey to Essen," Stybar said. "If I hadnt lost five seconds in Vorst yesterday, I'd be wearing white." He is planning to try again on Thursday, though.

The OPQS rider reported on the sprint. "Boom started really early, but I knew I had to wait. The last 200 meters were heavy, especially with the wind," Stybar said. Even though there are still opportunities, he is not thinking about the final victory.

"That would be nice, but it will depend on my time trial," Stybar said, calmly. "I'll definitely do my best for the final ranking. But now I just want to enjoy this victory."