Eneco Tour: Win for Mark Renshaw on stage 1


With a clever attack in the final kilometre, Mark Renshaw has secured himself the first Eneco Tour leader’s jersey.

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The Australian Belkin rider saw the complete peloton keeping their eyes on his teammate Theo Bos and decided this was his opportunity. Under the red flag, he attacked and thousand metres further down the road, he arrived solo at the line in Ardooie two seconds ahead of the thundering peloton.


Win for Mark Renshaw who hails from Bathurst in Australia. Photo: http://www.enecotour.com/

“The initial plan was to ride for Theo,” Renshaw stated afterwards. “In the final, he was right in my wheel properly, but with still a long way to go it was just the two of us. He then opened up a small gap, I think on purpose, and that was crucial for me to win. I have to thank Theo for that.”

Renshaw strongly held on to his lead despite the fact that he was on his own for more than a kilometre. “I went as fast as I could through the last couple of corners; I took some risks. Merijn Zeeman shouted in my ear that I needed to give one hundred per cent and that’s what I did. I’m pretty good at keeping a high speed over a longer distance. In the last two hundred metres I have not looked back once and luckily I saw nobody pass me.”

Thanks to his win Renshaw is the first leader of the 2013 Eneco Tour. He will start Tuesday’s stage in white, but that won’t change his nor the team tactics. “Tomorrow we will ride for Theo again. He simply is our fastest guy. Lars Boom and Wilco Kelderman are still our GC guys.”

Monday’s Stage one at 175.3km began in Koksijde and a trio of riders quickly went up the road. Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise teammates Laurens De Vreese and Pieter Jacobs plus Benjamin Verraes (Accent Jobs-Wanty). They worked hard to build an advantage of over eight minutes but the sprinter teams had the stage well in hand as they entered the two 15km circuits in Ardooie.

Favorite for the sprint was Andre Greipel who said on Twitter afterwards “Damn. After nice Lotto Belisol team effort, we get 2nd after a strong and clever Mark Renshaw. Still, some more sprints to come.” For Britain’s Alex Dowsett it was a return to the peloton after a lot of weeks have passed but he got through with flying colours, suriving some scares along the way and saying afterwards on twitter “Good first stage, nice to be back in the bunch, bit of a shock to the system when it all went off mind!”

Bradley Wiggins meanwhile continued his return to racing, ‘throttling back’ as the peloton split as the peloton went full gas for the sprint. His DS Servais Knaven explained on Team Sky’s website, “You can see Brad is really focused on the time trial on Friday. He was a bit far back – it’s not that he’s not riding well. It can be tricky sometimes when the pace shoots up. He wanted to move up but it is hard to do so at a time like that.”

Knaven also spoke about Ben Swift, who was finished just behind Wiggins in 167 place. “Ben has had a lot of pain in his shoulder so that was why he slipped back towards the end,” the Dutchman confirmed.

Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Loepard-Trek) said of the finish “I’m happy. The Tour de Wallonie was my first competition after five weeks and now I’ve again had a break but my condition is good right away. I had a good feeling the entire day. This is promising for the upcoming days.”

Team director Dirk Demol added: “Tomorrow is a bit harder but I expect for the next three days to be basically the same scenario as today – a break up the road with the control from the sprinter’s teams. With Giacomo we have a nice card to play. For sure we will go for a stage victory. Last year Giacomo won his first WorldTour race in the Eneco Tour.”

Stage 1
1 RENSHAW Mark Belkin Pro Cycling Team 04:01:14
2 GREIPEL Andre Lotto Belisol Team 00:02
3 NIZZOLO Giacomo RadioShack – Leopard @ st
4 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano Lampre – Merida @ st
5 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
6 PHINNEY Taylor BMC Racing Team @ st
7 VAN STAEYEN Michael Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
8 APPOLLONIO Davide AG2R La Mondiale @ st
9 PETACCHI Alessandro Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
10 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan Astana Pro Team @ st
11 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José Movistar Team @ st
12 BELLETTI Manuel AG2R La Mondiale @ st
13 NAPOLITANO Danilo Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
14 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team @ st
15 ABERASTURI Jon Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
16 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R La Mondiale @ st
17 DEMARE Arnaud Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
18 FARRAR Tyler Garmin – Sharp @ st
19 SUTTON Chris Sky Procycling @ st
20 BOOM Lars Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
21 VAN POPPEL Danny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
22 PORSEV Alexander Katusha Team @ st
23 VAN DIJK Stefan Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
24 KITTEL Marcel Team Argos – Shimano @ st
25 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
26 CANTWELL Jonathan Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
27 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
28 OFFREDO Yoann Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
29 LODEWYCK Klaas BMC Racing Team @ st
30 KRUOPIS Aidis Orica GreenEDGE @ st
31 KELDERMAN Wilco Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
32 TAMOURIDIS Ioannis Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
33 TSATEVITCH Alexey Katusha Team @ st
34 VAN POPPEL Boy Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
35 VEELERS Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
36 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team @ st
37 BRESCHEL Matti Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
38 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
39 BOS Theo Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
40 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team @ st
41 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
42 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
43 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
44 HONDO Danilo RadioShack – Leopard @ st
45 WACKERMANN Luca Lampre – Merida @ st
46 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo Movistar Team @ st
47 BRAVO OIARBIDE Garikoitz Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
48 HABEAUX Gregory Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
49 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team @ st
50 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
51 VANLANDSCHOOT James Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
52 DE VREESE Laurens Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
53 BAGDONAS Gediminas AG2R La Mondiale @ st
54 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling @ st
55 JACOBS Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
56 IMPEY Daryl Orica GreenEDGE @ st
57 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
58 DE KORT Koen Team Argos – Shimano @ st
59 VAN HOECKE Gijs Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
60 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
61 LANGEVELD Sebastian Orica GreenEDGE @ st
62 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
63 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard @ st
64 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Katusha Team @ st
65 WILLEMS Frederik Lotto Belisol Team @ st
66 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto Belisol Team @ st
67 AAEN JORGENSEN Jonas Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
68 VIGANO Davide Lampre – Merida @ st
69 TANKINK Bram Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
70 KERN Julian AG2R La Mondiale @ st
71 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team @ st
72 FERNANDEZ DE LARREA Koldo Garmin – Sharp @ st
73 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
74 BOARO Manuele Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
75 HOULE Hugo AG2R La Mondiale @ st
76 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
77 SELVAGGI Mirko Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
78 OSS Daniel BMC Racing Team @ st
79 DOWSETT Alex Movistar Team @ st
80 HAYMAN Mathew Sky Procycling @ st
81 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel Movistar Team @ st
82 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team @ st
83 BENNATI Daniele Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
84 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
85 VANDOUSSELAERE Sven Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
86 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
87 WEENING Pieter Orica GreenEDGE @ st
88 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy Movistar Team @ st
89 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
90 DURBRIDGE Luke Orica GreenEDGE @ st
91 VANSUMMEREN Johan Garmin – Sharp @ st
92 RAST Gregory RadioShack – Leopard @ st
93 NUYENS Nick Garmin – Sharp @ st
94 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
95 HUNTER Robert Garmin – Sharp @ st
96 VANDENBERGH Stijn Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
97 DECLERCQ Tim Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
98 ROLLIN Dominique Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
99 DALL’ANTONIA Tiziano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
100 SERGENT Jesse RadioShack – Leopard @ st
101 KREDER Raymond Garmin – Sharp @ st
102 MOSER Moreno Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
103 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica GreenEDGE @ st
104 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team @ st
105 KROON Karsten Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
106 PIETROPOLLI Daniele Lampre – Merida @ st
107 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
108 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol Team @ st
109 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team @ st
110 BAKELANTS Jan RadioShack – Leopard @ st
111 VANGENECHTEN Jonas Lotto Belisol Team @ st
112 DOMONT Axel AG2R La Mondiale @ st
113 POZZATO Filippo Lampre – Merida @ st
114 VERRAES Benjamin Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
115 CURVERS Roy Team Argos – Shimano @ st
116 WYSS Danilo BMC Racing Team @ st
117 GUARNIERI Jacopo Astana Pro Team @ st
118 LEUKEMANS Bjorn Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
119 JUNGELS Bob RadioShack – Leopard @ st
120 RASCH Gabriel Sky Procycling @ st
121 BOUCHER David Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
122 SANZ UNZUE Enrique Movistar Team @ st
123 SPILAK Simon Katusha Team @ st
124 PARISIEN Francois Team Argos – Shimano @ st
125 ISAYCHEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
126 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas Garmin – Sharp @ st
127 MARANGONI Alan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
128 PEREZ MORENO Ruben Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
129 TUFT Svein Orica GreenEDGE @ st
130 MOURIS Jens Orica GreenEDGE @ st
131 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC Racing Team @ st
132 LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
133 VEUCHELEN Frederik Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
134 MINGUEZ Miguel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
135 SCHEIRLINCKX Staf Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
136 DOCKX Gert Lotto Belisol Team @ st
137 KUMP Marko Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
138 MIYAZAWA Takashi Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
139 STEEGMANS Gert Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
140 TJALLINGII Maarten Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
141 DEGENKOLB John Team Argos – Shimano 00:30
142 VAN EMDEN Jos Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:32
143 BOIVIN Guillaume Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 00:41
144 RASMUSSEN Alex Garmin – Sharp 01:21
145 TIMMER Albert Team Argos – Shimano @ st
146 CORDEEL Sander Lotto Belisol Team 01:49
147 DELAGE Mickaël Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 00:02
148 BROWN Graeme Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
149 FISCHER Murilo Antonio Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 03:50
150 MINARD Sébastien AG2R La Mondiale @ st
151 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida @ st
152 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner Lampre – Merida @ st
153 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
154 DODI Luca Lampre – Merida @ st
155 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr Katusha Team @ st
156 LIGTHART Pim Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
157 DEVOLDER Stijn RadioShack – Leopard @ st
158 COBO ACEBO Juan Jose Movistar Team @ st
159 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling @ st
160 SMUKULIS Gatis Katusha Team @ st
161 HUFFMAN Evan Astana Pro Team @ st
162 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
163 WIGGINS Bradley Sky Procycling @ st
164 WALLAYS Jelle Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
165 KOCJAN Jure Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
166 EISEL Bernhard Sky Procycling @ st
167 SWIFT Ben Sky Procycling @ st
168 BOZIC Borut Astana Pro Team @ st


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