La Machine wins in Sittard
Belga
Sylvain Chavanel won the Eneco Tour's individual time trial. In Sittard, he was the fastest before Tom Dumoulin and Jesse Sergent. Bradley Wiggins only managed to place fifth.
Today formed one the Eneco Tour's crucial stages. The riders rode against the clock in Sittard. Each individual rider had to ride a distance of 13.2 kms. Bradley Wiggins was favorite to win this stage.

Wiggins, who lives in Ghent, lived up to his name and rode the best time: 16'13".  He fnished the time trial with an average velocity  of 48.798 km/h. It took a while before anyone was faster, but Daniele Bennati did come pretty close. The Saxo-Tinkoff actually was faster during the first half of the race, but he could not keep it up.

Luke Durbridge  never even came near Wiggo's time: the Australian rider was 14 seconds slower. However, Wiggins could not assume victory just yet, because Jesse Sergent was 10 seconds faster in the first half. He did lose some of his head start, but still ended up five seconds faster than Wiggins. 

In the meantime, the riders failed to beat Sergent's top time. Dutch riders Lieuwe Westra and Niki Terpstra both tried, but neither managed to place before him.  Vladimir Gusev as another rider who failed to improve on Sergent's time.

Yet, Sergent would not win the race, because Sylvain Chavanel proved to be faster. Tom Dumoulin did the same thing, but he was 4 seconds slower than La Machine. Sebastian Langeveld ended up 6 seconds behind the French rider. 

Leader Lars Boom started last, and really wanted to win. Philippe Gilbert and Zdenek Stybar vcould not place in the top 15. Boom could not get close to Chavanel's top time , but he is doing well in the overall classification. He is now 4 seconds ahead of Chavanel. Tom Dumoulin places third with eight seconds more than his compatriot.