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Stage 7: Sunday, September 25, Bornem – Geraardsbergen, Belgium 195 km

At 194.6 kilometres, the closing stage in the Eneco Tour leads from Bornem to the Wall of Geraardsbergen. All in all, stage 7 features 21 climbs and the arrival is, just like last year, halfway up the infamous Wall.

After the Wall of Geraardsbergen was taken out the Tour of Flanders in 2012 the Eneco Tour adopted the climb. Since then Alessandro Ballan, Zdenek Štybar, Greg Van Avermaet and Manuel Quinziato powered to victory at the steep cobbles.

In the closing stage of the 2016 Eneco Tour the riders first hit the Hurdumont, a 550 metres climb at 8% that’s crested with 105 kilometres done. The next two climb are Côte D’Houppe (1,900 metres at 2.8%) and the Tenbossestraat (500 metres at 7%) before they arrive at the final circuit.

Barely on the circuit the riders face the steep cobbled climb up the Denderoordberg and 5.5 kilometres later the first passage on the line is a fact. Obviously, they climb all the way to the top after this first passage, meaning a 1.1 kilometre cobbled climb with an average gradient at 8.7% and a steepest section at 20%.

The closing circuit is the same as last year, featuring Bosberg (1 kilometre at 6%), Onkerzelestraat (1.5 kilometres at 3%) and Denderoordberg (0.7 kilometre at 8%). As said, the finish line is halfway up the Wall of Geraardsbergen. The closing climb is 0.6 kilometre at 7.6%.

The Eneco Golden KM is scheduled 173.8 kilometres into the race, when three intermediate sprints within 1,000 metres come with time bonuses at 3, 2 and 1 second each. At the finish line bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting.

The 7th stage in the 2016 Eneco leaves at 11:55, while the finish is expected to be around 16:15 – both are local times.

 

 

 

2016 Eneco Tour PREVIEW

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2016 Eneco Tour PREVIEW

The Eneco Tour takes place from Monday Sept 19th to Sunday Sept 25th and is the only UCI WorldTour stage race in The Netherlands and Belgium. The 17 best teams in the world, accompanied by Wildcards, will start in the event. 

The Eneco Tour will kick off with Stage 1 starting and finishing in the Friesland town of Bolsward in the Netherlands with a time trial held the following day in Breda. Two stages for the sprinters follow in Belgium before a team time trial in Sittard-Geleen in anticipation of the Qatar Worlds in October. The race then concludes with stage 6 taking the peloton from Riemst to Lanaken, through Limburg, before Sunday's conclusion in Geraardsbergen.

Sprinters Greipel, Cavendish and Kittel

All the top sprinters who will try to win the rainbow jersey stand Monday at the start in Bolsward. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Team Quick Step) will receive next week undoubtedly strong opposition from Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Elia Viviani (Team Sky), Caleb Ewan (Orica-Bike Exchange), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Farnese Vini).

Sagan, Van Avermaet and Belgium's finest one-day Cyclists

The above names are not the only fastest legs at the start. World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Tom Boonen (Team Quick Step), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin), Michael Matthews (Orica-Bike Exchange) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) not only have a solid final shot, she during spirited final weekend may also have a shot at the overall win. 

The Eneco Tour will feature three of Belgium's finest one-day cyclists. Greg van Avermaet, Tom Boonen and Sep Vanmarcke are all expected to take part.

Van Avermaet excelled in July's Tour de France with a stage win and three days in yellow. His next goal is the Olympic road race in Rio, followed by the GP Plouay, the Tour de Fjords, GP Quebec, GP Montreal and the Eneco Tour on his way to the world championships in Qatar in October.

Van Avermaet has a point to prove in the Eneco Tour after finished fifth in 2014 and second last year, when he won the spectacular stage to Geraardsbergen. This year the Eneco Tour will return to the home of the famous Muur on the final stage.

Van Avermaet will have to beat Tom Boonen, who showed he's still got the pace by sprinting to victory in the RideLondon Classic. Boonen will find some more sprinting opportunities in the Eneco Tour before heading off to Qatar.

The classics riders have the perfect profile to enter the Eneco Tour for the victor and that is unique to stage races in the World Tour circuit.

Hat Trick For Wellens?

As for the overall victory, who are everyone's eyes on? Mister Eneco Tour? Tim Wellens of course.

The Belgian Lotto-Soudal won the last two editions and is eager for a hat trick. With an individual time trial and hilly stages on Saturday and Sunday are already holding all the cards. The last matches remembrance in Canada, Sagan and Van Avermaet seem the biggest rivals in the field. But Kristoff, supreme in the Tour des Fjords, is in great shape. Danger from Dutch angle looking towards Niki Terpstra (Team Quick Step) and Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Kiryienka versus Dumoulin

Finally, the pure time trial specialists will also be spoiled in the Eneco Tour. World Champion Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) will enter to clash with the Olympic silver medalist in Rio Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), Tony Martin (Team Quick Step), Rohan Dennis (BMC), Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Jos Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo).

For the team time trial in Sittard-Geleen BMC look destined for a podium spot. But Movistar and Team Quick Step have a solid  TTT reputation too.

In total there are 22 teams at the start of the Eneco Tour. A peloton of 176 riders. Besides the 18 WorldTour teams there's Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, and Cofidis.

Olympic Track Revenge for Cavendish?

The Eneco Tour will receive an extra olympic touch with the addition of Olympic Champion Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish. Viviani won the omnium gold in Rio ahead of Cavendish. Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish turned the olympic omnium into a true spectacle. After five gruelling disciplines Viviani took home the gold medal, while Cavendish had to settle for silver.

The Manx Express will get the opportunity in the Eneco Tour to take revenge.

Last year, Viviani was the first leader of the race after winning the first stage in the streets of Bolsward. In a close sprint the Italian beat Danny van Poppel. 

Cavendish will make his second appearance in the Eneco Tour. In his breakthrough year of 2007 a very young Cavendish won the stage to Knokke-Heist. Nine years later Cavendish won four stages in this summer's Tour de France, proving he is still one of the very best sprinters in the world.

Daddy Vanmarcke in the Eneco Tour?

Sep Vanmarcke's participation in the Eneco Tour isn't 100 percent confirmed yet. Much will depend on his wife, who is expecting a baby. "I hope I can take part in the Eneco Tour," said Vanmarcke, who recently announced his move to Cannondale in 2017. "Our baby's birth is expected for mid-September, which is why I won't take part in the Canadian classics."

If Vanmarcke takes the start of the Eneco Tour right after becoming a father, he will surely be the most motivated rider in the peloton.

The Stages

Seven stages, of which three flat, one individual and one team time trial, and two hilly:

 

Stage 1: Bolsward-Bolsward, flat, 184.7 km. Similar to last year's stage, a flat stage through the Dutch province of Friesland. Last year, Italian Elia Viviani won the sprint.
Stage 2: Breda-Breda, ITT, 9.6 km. A very short time trial in Breda. On the exact same parcours in 2014, Tom Dumoulin beat Cancellara and Thomas by a few seconds.
Stage 3: Blankenberge-Ardooie, flat, 184.6 km. Another regular in the Eneco Tour, and another near-certain sprint. In 2015 Tom Boonen won the sprint.
Stage 4: Aalter-St. Pieters-Leeuw, flat, 199.1 km. It says flat, but there are some hills: Alsemberg (1200m at 4%) and Bruine Put (900m at 8.2%). The final hill tops at just 12.7 km before the finish and also features the golden kilometre with bonus seconds available, so a sprint is far from guaranteed.
Stage 5: Sittard/Geleen-Sittard/Geleen, TTT, 20.9 km. Practice for the WC time trial in Doha. A couple of hills are found on the way of the parcours, and with 21 km this stage could have a big effect on the overall of a race that is normally decided by fine margins. I'm no fan of TTTs myself, especially not in such a short stage race, but it's there so they'd better race it hard.
Stage 6: Riernst-Lanakan, hilly, 177.7 km. A hilly stage through the Ardennes. In the final third of this stage, a big number of hills can be found: Côte Halembaye (1100m at 6.6%), Côte Bois la Dame (900m at 12.2%), Côte Rue Saivelette (900m at 5%), Rue Lieutenant Pirard (800m at 5%), Côte Hallembaye (other direction, 800m at 8.6%), and Muizenberg (650m at 6.6%). That final climb is at just 15 km from the finish. Definitely a stage to watch, then.
Stage 7: Bornem-Geraardsbergen, hilly, 194.6 km. With 21 climbs and a finish on the Muur van Geraardsbergen, this is going to be a big stage. The final 25.8 km loop (taken 3 times) features Bosberg (1000m at 6%), Onkerzelestraat (1500m at 3%), Denderoordberg (700m at 8%) and Muur van Geraardsbergen (1100m at 8.7%). The arrival is at the Muur again, but only halfway up.

VIDEO: 2015 Eneco Tour Highlights

2015 Tour of Eneco Results Top 10

1 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 26:31:59
2 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) +59”
3 Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) +01’17”
4 Philippe Gilbert (BMC) +01’40”
5 Fabio Felline (Trek) +01’48”
6 Andriy Grivko (Astana) +01’54”
7 Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) +02’02”
8 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) +02’11”
9 Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo)  ,
10 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick Step) ,,

2016 Eneco Tour STAGES

Stage1 - Monday 19th Sep 2016, Bolsward - Bolsward, Belgium  - 185 Km 

Just like last year the Eneco Tour sets off from Friesland, the most nothern region of the Netherlands. Both start and finish are in Bolsward. while the race on flat terrain totals 184.7 kilometres.

The route is similar to last year’s, albeit the riders race in the opposite direction. As Friesland is completely flat strong winds have to be taken into account, especially near the coast.

After two large loops, one to the south, one to the north, the finale is played out on a local circuit at 17.3 kilometres.

Kilometre 165 is a Golden Kilometre, which means there are three intermediate sprints within 1,000 metres, all with times bonuses at 3, 2 and 1 seconds.

Last year Elia Viviani outsprinted Danny van Poppel in Bolsward to take the first leader’s jersey. In light of the upcoming World Championships in Doha, on a route that’s tailor made for fast men, we can expect the fastest mn in the world to be at the start in the 2016 Eneco Tour. The race features a number of fast stages.

Time bonuses on the line are 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

Stage 1 in the 2016 Eneco Tour leaves at 12:30 and the finish is to be expected at around 16:38 – both are local times

Stage 2 - Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016, Individual Time Trial, Bread, Belgium - 9.6 km

At 9.6 kilometres, stage 2 in the Eneco Tour is an individual time trial in Breda, a town in the south of the Netherlands. The course is the same as the ITT in the 2014 Eneco Tour when homerider Tom Dumoulin powered to victory.

Back then, Fabian Cancellara was 2 seconds down on Dumoulin, while Geraint Thomas finished in third. The route is perfect for the specialist with a big engine. Three 90-degrees turns, the rest of the race is on straight roads. Perfect preparation for the time trials at the World Championships in Doha.

Last year the Eneco Tour visited Breda with a stage that was won by André Greipel ahead of Jacopo Guarnieri and Tom Boonen.

The 2015 ITT was 14 kilometres challenge in Hoogerheide. Jos van Emden bested Wilco Kelderman and Adriano Malori.

The first rider rolls of the ramp around 13:40, while the last one is expected to finish around 16:45 – both are local times.

Stage 3 - Wednesday, Sept 21, Blankenberge – Ardooie, Belgium - 185 km

At 184.6 kilometres, stage 3 in the Eneco Tour leads from Flemish coastal town Blankenberge to Ardooie. Chances are it will be up to the fast men.

Ardooie is a regular host in the Eneco Tour. Usually a bunch sprint is the outcome on the false flat arrival. Last year home rider Tom Boonen bested Arnaud Démare and Elia Vivani, while two years ago it was Nacer Bouhanni outsprinting Luka Mezgec and Giacomo Nizzolo. In 2013 Mark Renshaw jumped clear in the finale to solo to victory ahead of the sprinting pack.

In a more distant past Tyler Farrar, André Greipel and (him again) Tom Boonen took the flowers in Ardooie.

Departure place Blankenberge makes its debut in the Eneco Tour. The peloton leaves from the Grote Markt and after a local round the first intermediate sprint is near the place where it all started. Then the riders set sail for the closing circuit in Ardooie.

With 160 kilometres done the Eneco Golden KM is scheduled – three intermediates sprinters for times bonuses at 3, 2 and 1 seconds within a 1,000 metres frame. Bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting on the line.

Stage 3 in the Eneco Tour 2016 leaves at 12:18, while the finish is to be expected at around 16:30 – both are local times.

Stage 4 -  Thursday, Sept 22, Aalter – Sint-Pieters - Leeuw, Belgium - 199 km

At 199.1 kilometres, stage 4 in the Eneco Tour leads from Aalter to Sint-Pieters-Leeuw. The race closes with a circuit that's on the menu twice, while the short and steep climb up the Bruine Put could thwart sprinter's ambitions.

The closing circuit at 31.7 kilometres is marked by 3,150 metres of cobbles and two categorised ascents: Alsemberg (1,200 metres at 4%) and Bruine Put. This last hill is a 900 metres ramp at 8.2%. At the top it’s 12.7 kilometres left to the (passage on the) line.

The second climb up the Bruine Put is all the more interesting as the Eneco Golden KM coincides with the steep slope. So three different intermediate sprint on the climb come with time bonuses at 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.

Departure place Aalter hosted the Eneco Tour before. In 2012 Giacomo Nizzolo outsprinted Jürgen Roelandts and Manuel Belletti, while arrival place Sint-Pieters-Leeuw debuted in last year’s route when the final stage left here.

Time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting on the line.

The 4th stage in the 2016 Eneco Tour leaves at 11:57 and the finish is to be expected at around 16:25 – both are local times.

Stage 5: Friday, Sept 23, Team Time Trial, Sittard, Netherlands- 20.9 km

Stage 5 in the Eneco Tour is a 20.9 kilometres team time trial. Start and finish are in Sittard in the south of the Netherlands. Perfect rehearsal for the World Championships in Doha!

Sittard and the Eneco Tour keep close ties. Last year Johan Le Bon bested Dylan van Baarle in a sprint-à-deux, while two years ago it was Guillaume Van Keirsbulck who soloed to victory in the closing stage. In 2013 Sylvain Chavanel powered to the win in an individual time trial.

The route of today’s TTT overlaps partially with the 2013 ITT. After leaving Sittard the riders head for Germany and with 6 kilometres done a 1 kilometres climb at 3.6% awaits the teams at the Bergstrasse in Hillensberg. Shortly after the riders are on Dutch soil again. They pass through villages such as Doenraade, Klein Doenraade, Oirsbeek, Schinnen and Puth to arrive at the Windraak, a 400 metres hill with an average gradient of 4.5%. At the top it’s 4 kilometres left.

The last Eneco Tour with a TTT in it was in 2012. Start and finish were in Sittard, too, yet the 2016 route is not a replica. Back then Orica-GreenEdge (now Orica-BikeExchange) bested Omega Pharma-QuickStep (now Etixx-QuickStep) by 1 second.

The first team leaves at 14:36, while the finish of the last squad is expected to be at around 16:10 – both are local times. Every 4 minutes another team leaves.

Stage 6: Saturday, Sept24, Riemst – Lanaken, Belgium - 177 km

At 177.7 kilometres, the penultimate stage in the Eneco Tour leads over six hills from Riemst to Lanaken. The last climb is crested with 15 kilometres remaining.

Riemst is a regular host in the Eneco Tour. In the last three editions the riders left here for Sittard (twice) and a summit finish at La Redoute. In 2016 the line is much closer, namely in Lanaken – only 10 kilometres away.

So it’s no wonder the first passage on the line is only 10.4 kilometres into the race. The first climb of the day is Muizenberg, crested after 56 kilometres, yet the other climbs are saved for the last 55 kilometres. With around 115 kilometres done Côte Halembaye looms, a 1,100 metres hill at 6.6%, while 15 kilometres onwards two back-to-back climbs appear. First the steep Côte Bois la Dame (900 metres at 12.2% gemiddeld) and then Côte Rue Saivelette (900 metres at 5%).

At Rue Lieutenant Pirard lies a 800 metres climb at 5%, that’s crested with 138.8 kilometres done. The last two climbs are familiar. Firstly Côte Hallembaye from the other side, meaning a 800 metres at 8.6% and then the climb that started it all – Muizenberg, 650 metres at 6.6%. At the top it’s 15 kilometres remaining.

Time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting on the line.

The 6th stage in the Eneco Tour leaves at 12:25, while the finish is to be expected at around 16:25 – both are local times.

Stage 7: Sunday, September 25, Bornem – Geraardsbergen, Belgium 195 km

At 194.6 kilometres, the closing stage in the Eneco Tour leads from Bornem to the Wall of Geraardsbergen. All in all, stage 7 features 21 climbs and the arrival is, just like last year, halfway up the infamous Wall

After the Wall of Geraardsbergen was taken out the Tour of Flanders in 2012 the Eneco Tour adopted the climb. Since then Alessandro Ballan, Zdenek Štybar, Greg Van Avermaet and Manuel Quinziato powered to victory at the steep cobbles.

In the closing stage of the 2016 Eneco Tour the riders first hit the Hurdumont, a 550 metres climb at 8% that’s crested with 105 kilometres done. The next two climb are Côte D’Houppe (1,900 metres at 2.8%) and the Tenbossestraat (500 metres at 7%) before they arrive at the final circuit.

Barely on the circuit the riders face the steep cobbled climb up the Denderoordberg and 5.5 kilometres later the first passage on the line is a fact. Obviously, they climb all the way to the top after this first passage, meaning a 1.1 kilometre cobbled climb with an average gradient at 8.7% and a steepest section at 20%.

The closing circuit is the same as last year, featuring Bosberg (1 kilometre at 6%), Onkerzelestraat (1.5 kilometres at 3%) and Denderoordberg (0.7 kilometre at 8%). As said, the finish line is halfway up the Wall of Geraardsbergen. The closing climb is 0.6 kilometre at 7.6%.

The Eneco Golden KM is scheduled 173.8 kilometres into the race, when three intermediate sprints within 1,000 metres come with time bonuses at 3, 2 and 1 second each. At the finish line bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting.

The 7th stage in the 2016 Eneco leaves at 11:55, while the finish is expected to be around 16:15 – both are local times.