Eneco Tour
Stage 1: Bolsward to Bolsward - Stage Details

Danish sprinter Magnus Cort has taken 7th position on the first day of the Eneco Tour, which saw Elia Viviani (SKY) take the stage win in a bunch sprint.

The stage which started and finished in Bolsward saw a breakaway group caught with 16km to go, and several teams jostling for position to try and take the sprint.

With the ORICA-GreenEDGE team well placed once the breakaway was caught, Belgian Jens Keukeleire, who is looking for an overall result, crashed as he negotiated a roundabout with 6km to go. After teammates Sam Bewley and Jens Mouris went back to help him, he caught back up with the peloton, ensuring he stays in the mix for the General Classification.

Despite Keukeleire’s crash, this didn’t stop the rest of the team working well for Cort in the last few kilometres. As the race closed in on the finish line, Adam Blythe led Cort out, and after momentarily leading the race, he couldn’t quite hold on, getting pushed back into 7th position.

“We are pleased with today’s stage,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage.”The team were riding for each other, and wanted to fight for each other. Sometimes at this stage in the season this doesn’t happen so it is great to see the spirit.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Elia Viviani (ITA) - Team Sky 4:06:18
2 Danny van Poppel (NED) - Trek Factory Racing ST
3 Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) - BMC Racing Team ST
4 André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal ST
5 Jonas Vangenechten (BEL) - IAM Cycling ST
6 Andrea Guardini (ITA) - Astana Pro Team ST
7 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
8 Moreno Hofland (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo ST
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (SPA) - Movistar Team ST
10 Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Roompot Oranje Peloton ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
7 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
22 Adam Blythe (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
56 Leigh Howard (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
92 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
127 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
133 Jens Mouris (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
147 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
151 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST