Sitting Pretty After Eneco Tour Stage Five

Sat 11 Aug 2012

The top ten overall at the Eneco Tour remains unchanged after stage five. ORICA-GreenEDGE boasts three riders in the top ten, five in the top 12, ahead of what will likely be a decisive time trial on Saturday.  Jens Keukeleire sits one second down on race leader Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) while Jens Mouris, five seconds back, Sebastian Langeveld, Luke Durbridge and Svein Tuft, all six seconds back, occupy places ninth – 12th respectively.

“We’re in a good position before the time trial,” said Sports Director Laurenzo Lapage. “Luke, Svein, Jens [Mouris] and Sebastian all have the possibility to have a good result tomorrow. We should have several riders high up in the results after the time trial and that will give us multiple cards to play on Sunday.”

The race followed a fairly predictable formula with an early break of three riders gaining a maximum advantage of 5:25 before sprint teams pulled them back to the bunch. The catch came before the third intermediate sprint.

“We worked on the front not to catch the break but to stay away from problems on the local circuit,” said Lapage. “Other teams wanted to catch the break, so they shared in the work. We had to sprint for the bonus seconds on the third sprint. Aidis took two seconds with second place and Jens Mouris took one second with third place. You never know how tight this race could be, so every second counts.”

Following the intermediate sprint, ORICA-GreenEDGE remained on the front.

“We would have been happy for the stage win, but we mostly stayed on the front because the local circuit is dangerous,” noted Lapage. “It’s better to be in the front, do a little more work and stay out of trouble than risk what can happen in the middle or back of the pack.”

Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) won the field sprint ahead of Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) and Manuel Belletti (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Kruopis came home in ninth place, once again posting the best finish for the Australian squad.