EnecoTour: Stybar wins, Stannard steals the show


Zdenek Stybar timed his effort perfectly to win the stage & overall whilst Ian Stannard steals the show with awesome effort to finish second

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Omega Pharma Quick-Step’s Zdenek Stybar saw the perfect moment to go for the double victory in 208km Eneco Tour Stage 7 on Sunday. With just a minimal gap to Ian Stannard (Sky ProCycling) who had been in the break all day before riding everyone including Andre Greipel off his wheel, with 5km to go and the peloton tired and splintered after a hard day of racing, Stybar accelerated with teammate Sylvain Chavanel there to shut down any chasing behind.

2013  OPQS-Eneco stage 7 - Stybar

Stybar wins whilst Ian Stannard finishes second. Photo OPQS/Tim DeWaele

Stybar’s acceleration brought him to Stannard’s wheel quickly and the two riders quickly had an 18″ gap with 2km to go. Stybar waited until inside the final kilometre, and after a side by side drag race, Stybar attacked with a few hundred meters to go on the Kapelmuur. He won the stage, and also the overall over Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) by 26 seconds. Stannard was a brilliant second.

The Stage 7 victory for Stybar was his second at Eneco Tour, and was the third stage win for OPQS. He was also 2nd in the previous stage. “This is one of the best days of my life,” Stybar said. “I am really happy and it is like a dream for me to come there to Eneco Tour to win two stages, almost three, and the GC.”

“Today the stage wasn’t so easy, but when Chava went away with small group on the Kwaremont, I said ‘OK perfect, I have to only to stay on the wheels and see what happens. But when we caught the group, I understood I had a chance to win the Eneco Tour. I knew the last climb, Denderoordberg, was really hard.”


The early break … Photo: Thomas van Bracht

“To me it was the only way to go for the win. It wasn’t in my head to wait for the final sprint so I decided it was everything or nothing on the climb. I tried my maximum and I did it. When I went, a few kilometers after my attack, I found Stannard in front.”

“I really didn’t know he was there. It was really great to find a rider like him. We worked well together — to be honest even he would have deserved the victory. But when I was there, I was only focused and concentrated on gaining seconds for the GC, so I really went for it. Until the last meters I went a block for the GC.”

2013 OPQS - Eneco stage 7 - Stybar podium

Top 3; Dumoulin, Stybar & Grivko. Photo OPQS/Tim DeWaele

Stybar noted that his success at Eneco Tour has been a far cry from his first moments recovering after surgery. “It’s really a big step for me after a very hard period, a lot of time alone in training,” Stybar said. “Now I am happy. I have to thank my family, my girlfriend and the team who was always near me.”

“To me it’s like a surprise, to be the winner of this race. But I was probably fresher than other riders at this moment. I didn’t ride the tour, but I think everything happens for a reason. It’s the motto of my life. I had a little bad luck at the beginning of the season, and probably without this injury I would have rode the Tour. But I didn’t so now I am fresh and the bad luck is away, so I am happy.”

“All that has happened during this week is because of my great team,” Stybar continued. “Everybody in the team gave me a big help and big morale. I have to also thank Alessandro Petacchi, my roommate. He really believed in me and during the week he really motivated me in the room and that’s really important for me. Also tactically we had a great week. We didn’t do any mistakes and are really celebrating this victory.”


Ian Stannard stomping on the pedals on the Muur and gapping those that dare stay with him. Andre Greipel said on twitter later … “Have to say that @IStannard is a machine…big respect”.

Photo: Thomas van Bracht

Stybar takes the success at Eneco Tour as good motivation for the next races. “Now my next race will be the Vuelta,” Stybar said. “I will try to do my best. I go there with ambition to try and win a stage, help the team and enjoy the good shape I have at this moment. This week I will try to stay concentrated. Even the TTT is really important and I will try my best to give my contributions for the team.”


Wet start for the race. Photo: Thomas van Bracht


After his solo effort to stay away, Ian Stannard dug deep when caught and held on for second.  Photo: Thomas van Bracht

1 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 05:00:03
2 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling 00:04
3 BOOM Lars Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:12
4 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team 00:14
5 WEENING Pieter Orica GreenEDGE 00:17
6 IMPEY Daryl Orica GreenEDGE 00:25
7 KELDERMAN Wilco Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
8 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
9 POZZATO Filippo Lampre – Merida @ st
10 DE VREESE Laurens Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
11 BAKELANTS Jan RadioShack – Leopard @ st
12 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team @ st
13 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:29
14 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
15 BAGDONAS Gediminas AG2R La Mondiale @ st
16 WYSS Danilo BMC Racing Team @ st
17 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
18 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
19 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 00:33
20 WACKERMANN Luca Lampre – Merida @ st
21 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
22 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team @ st
23 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard @ st
24 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
25 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:38
26 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
27 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi 00:39
28 DECLERCQ Tim Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
29 HAYMAN Mathew Sky Procycling @ st
30 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Movistar Team 00:49
31 TANKINK Bram Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:57
32 CANTWELL Jonathan Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:27
33 BRAVO OIARBIDE Garikoitz Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
34 MINGUEZ Miguel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
35 FERNANDEZ DE LARREA Koldo Garmin – Sharp @ st
36 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
37 LEUKEMANS Bjorn Vacansoleil – DCM 01:32
38 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team @ st
39 VAN HOECKE Gijs Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
40 HUTAROVICH Yauheni AG2R La Mondiale 01:35
41 DOMONT Axel AG2R La Mondiale 01:38
42 LANGEVELD Sebastian Orica GreenEDGE 01:39
43 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Lotto Belisol Team 01:43
44 NUYENS Nick Garmin – Sharp 01:46
45 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 03:04
46 SELVAGGI Mirko Vacansoleil – DCM 03:09
47 JUNGELS Bob RadioShack – Leopard @ st
48 VAN POPPEL Danny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
49 BRESCHEL Matti Team Saxo-Tinkoff 03:29
50 DURBRIDGE Luke Orica GreenEDGE 04:29
51 DE KORT Koen Team Argos – Shimano 04:37
52 GREIPEL Andre Lotto Belisol Team 04:56
53 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 05:50
54 OSS Daniel BMC Racing Team 07:22
55 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav Katusha Team 07:24
56 PORSEV Alexander Katusha Team @ st
57 JACOBS Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
58 WALLAYS Jelle Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise @ st
59 VANDENBERGH Stijn Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
60 LODEWYCK Klaas BMC Racing Team @ st
61 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr Katusha Team @ st
62 VANGENECHTEN Jonas Lotto Belisol Team @ st
63 AAEN JORGENSEN Jonas Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
64 BOIVIN Guillaume Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
65 VEUCHELEN Frederik Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
66 MARANGONI Alan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
67 TAMOURIDIS Ioannis Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
68 KOCJAN Jure Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
69 SERGENT Jesse RadioShack – Leopard 07:33
70 BOZIC Borut Astana Pro Team @ st
71 FARRAR Tyler Garmin – Sharp @ st
72 HUFFMAN Evan Astana Pro Team @ st
73 KEUKELEIRE Jens Orica GreenEDGE 07:36
74 VAN POPPEL Boy Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
75 TJALLINGII Maarten Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
76 PIETROPOLLI Daniele Lampre – Merida @ st
77 VAN EMDEN Jos Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
78 RAST Gregory RadioShack – Leopard @ st
79 HONDO Danilo RadioShack – Leopard @ st
80 WIGGINS Bradley Sky Procycling @ st
81 SUTTON Chris Sky Procycling @ st
82 VANLANDSCHOOT James Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
83 PARISIEN Francois Team Argos – Shimano @ st
84 SCHEIRLINCKX Staf Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
85 LIGTHART Pim Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
86 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen Accent.jobs – Wanty 07:51
87 DELAGE Mickaël Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 07:55
88 HOULE Hugo AG2R La Mondiale @ st
89 EISEL Bernhard Sky Procycling @ st
90 APPOLLONIO Davide AG2R La Mondiale 07:58
91 KROON Karsten Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
92 DOCKX Gert Lotto Belisol Team @ st
93 DALL’ANTONIA Tiziano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
94 TUFT Svein Orica GreenEDGE @ st
95 KERN Julian AG2R La Mondiale 08:14
96 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol Team 08:27
97 ABERASTURI Jon Euskaltel – Euskadi 08:29
98 PEREZ MORENO Ruben Euskaltel – Euskadi 08:44
99 BOUCHER David Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr 10:00
100 TSATEVITCH Alexey Katusha Team @ st
101 VERRAES Benjamin Accent.jobs – Wanty @ st
102 BOARO Manuele Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
103 KUMP Marko Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
104 NIZZOLO Giacomo RadioShack – Leopard 10:04
105 MIYAZAWA Takashi Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
106 DODI Luca Lampre – Merida 10:09
107 SANZ UNZUE Enrique Movistar Team 10:16
108 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel Movistar Team 10:24
109 VEELERS Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
110 CURVERS Roy Team Argos – Shimano 11:20
111 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team 12:27

1 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 25:14:05
2 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos – Shimano 00:26
3 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 00:50
4 BAKELANTS Jan RadioShack – Leopard 00:55
5 IMPEY Daryl Orica GreenEDGE ,,
6 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:20
7 KELDERMAN Wilco Belkin Pro Cycling Team 01:32
8 WEENING Pieter Orica GreenEDGE 01:34
9 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team 02:07
10 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack – Leopard 02:14
11 BOOM Lars Belkin Pro Cycling Team 02:15
12 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi 02:39
13 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team 02:52
14 TERPSTRA Niki Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 02:53
15 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 02:57
16 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM 03:37
17 DECLERCQ Tim Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 03:41
18 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling 03:51
19 NUYENS Nick Garmin – Sharp 04:29
20 BRAVO OIARBIDE Garikoitz Euskaltel – Euskadi 04:51





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