Chavanel: 'Now the final victory'
Belga
Due to his victory in the Eneco Tour's individual time trial, Sylvain Chavanel is trailing only four seconds behind Lars Boom. "I'd like to win this Eneco Tour after two second places", La Machine said, ambitiously.
"I was very disappointed because I lost a few seonds Thursday due to a gap in the peloton. I lost some precious time. Look at the classification today, I could have taken the white jersey too," Sylvain Chavanel explained. 

"My goal today was to ride as fast as possible and gain some time on leader Lars Boom. I'm happy that I won my third individual time trial of this season."

First, there was the time trial in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, then the French championship and now the Eneco Tour. "This was my course. The roads were windy, so the course was very technical, which is just my thing. After exploring it, I felt pretty secure. Then, I charged my batteries for this time trial. I still have two tough stages ahead of me," La machine said.

Chavanel was not surprised that he beat Bradley Wiggins. "Wiggins is not in tip-top shape," he said. "It's also never impossible to want to win."

The following two days should be playing on Chavanel's strengths as well. "La Redoute is toough," he clarified. "But it feels good. I'll try my very best to win in the overall classification as well."