Matteo Bono booked a surprising victory in the Eneco Tour. The Italian was able to hold off the peloton and take the stage win. Styby kept his leader Dries Devenyns near the front in the closing stages and finished the day in 41st, in Philippe Gilbert's wake.
The stage to and from Genk began at a fierce pace. “We averaged 51.5 kph during the first hour. We tried to get a man in the good break, but unfortunately weren't successful.”
A group of four riders had more luck. “Their break was able to make it to the finish in Genk. We didn't expect that. I rode my heart out for Devenyns. We also wanted to force a sprint so Gerald Ciolek and Andreas Stauff could go for the stage win, but the trio outwitted us.”
Despite this our champion was satisfied with Quick Step's work. “The whole formation was strong. Hopefully we'll also do well tomorrow in the difficult final stage in Dutch Limburg.”