Five Inside Eneco Time Trial Top 25Fri 16 Aug 2013
Sebastian Langeveld started the Eneco Tour stage five time trial in 23rd place, 24” behind race leader Lars Boom (Belkin) By stage end, Langeveld had managed a time trial result good for fourth place and a jump up to fifth overall, 10” outside the race.
With five ORICA-GreenEDGE riders finishing inside the top-25 on the stage and three now inside the top-20 overall, Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage considered the day a good outing for his team in the Netherlands.
“As we said before the start of the Eneco Tour, we knew today was very important,” Lapage said. “We had to be in a good position before the time trial and come out in a good position. All four of riders that were still in contention for the overall went full gas today. We also had riders like Durbridge, Tuft and Mouris, who focus on the time trial, going for a good result. I think our results speak for themselves. We did really well today.”
The race against the clock featured two distinct sections. The first part was the more technical of the two with a fast descent, two small climbs and lots of twists and turns. The second half of the course favoured the time trial specialists with straight roads and sweeping bends.
“The riders said there were some tricky turns on the course but we had no incidents,” said Lapage. “Everyone stayed upright and no one lost time because they had difficultly dealing with the course.”
Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) proved quickest over the 13.2km time trial. The French Time Trial Champion covered the technical course in a speedy 16’08, 4” quicker than both Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) and Jesse Sergent (RadioShack-Leopard-Trek) who occupied the lesser spots on the podium. Langeveld was 6” adrift of Chavanel, coming in ahead of time trial specialists Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Taylor Phinney (BMC).
“The ride from Langeveld was great,” said Lapage. “To finish fourth against all the time trial specialists is very impressive.”
Durbridge was the next best-placed for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 12th place, 23” behind Boom. Pieter Weening slotted into 15th place and is now 15th on the general classification. Svein Tuft narrowly missed the top 20 on the stage with his 21st fastest ride, and Daryl Impey was 39” back, good for 24th place in the time trial and a jump up to 18th overall. The Australian outfit tied with Omega Pharma-Quick-Step on time for the top spot in the team classification.
“Everyone that I expected to have a good result did a good ride today,” said Lapage. “Pieter Weening did an especially good job.”
The fight for the overall victory continues over the weekend. The peloton faces a hilly Ardennes stage on Saturday before heading to Flanders for the final showdown on Sunday.
“We’re in a good situation now where we have cards to play in the next two days,” said Lapage. “The guys are really motivated. The next two days are important, and we’re eager to come off with a good result.”