The riders in the Eneco Tour did a bit of climbing today with the Edelareberg, Berg ten Stene and the Tiegemberg part of today's stage. But it was just a warmup for tomorrow's stage, which is the first of two to go through the Ardennes. Today's stage was less attractive and almost a copy of yesterday, but with less stress.
“And everyone was happy about that,” Styby said. “A group of four broke away, but they didn't get much of a lead. There was a bit of stress right before the three hills. The peloton was strung out, but things calmed down further down the road. In the finale we were working for Gerald Ciolek.”
The quartet was caught before entering Ardooie and the stage ended in a sprint. “Unfortunately our leader wasn't there. He had a minor collision in the finale.” Our champion went for his own chances and finished 20th. The stage was again won by André Greipel. “I feel a lot better than yesterday. Hopefully that trend will continue. We're very motivated!”