Eneco Tour: Mark McNally Second


For the third time in the Eneco Tour, Liverpool’s Mark McNally got in a breakaway and this one sprinted for the win with Mark second

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Eneco Tour: Mark McNally Second

The sixth day of the Eneco Tour took in some undulating terrain that would welcome riders back to the road after yesterday’s team time trial. While the start of the stage encouraged attacking riding before the bigger climbs of the day, the sprinters were looking to hold out until the end and contest the finish.


However, the breakaway had other ideas, just beating the bunch to the line, leaving the sprinters to fight it out for the minor placing as Luca Pibernik just got the better of McNally in the sprint to the line.

With points and time bonuses up for grabs throughout the stage, this had the potential to be an opportunity for riders to make up time in the GC race. The stage was fairly flat throughout the first half before tackling some steep climbs towards the end of the day where there was every chance the tired legs would start to show in the fast men.

Making the most of the flatter start, a six-man break went up the road and built up a respectable advantage on the peloton. With the gap growing to over five minutes, the pace in the peloton got ever quicker and as the race entered its final 50km, a win for the breakaway look less and less certain.

At the 10km to go mark however, the gap was still sitting at forty-five seconds and the bunch was pulling the break in at a furious pace. Then, as the race entered its final kilometre and the peloton were on the heels of the break, it looked like the bunch was going to make the predicted catch, but the escapees just managed to hold out at the front.


Peter Sagan: “I’d like to thank the team for their effort today. They worked hard in the peloton but unfortunately a mechanical in the last few hundred metres prevented me going for the sprint. The breakaway took the stage today, but that’s cycling and these things can happen. There aren’t any changes in the GC and we still have another day left. We will again take our chances and try to achieve the best result possible.”

Dennis holds a 16 second lead over teammate Taylor Phinney with Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) 24 seconds and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 27 seconds behind. “We’ve got a lot of confidence,” said Dennis. “Today we had to take on most of the work and we did well. The teammates were great. With good legs and a bit of luck it should work out tomorrow.”
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Stage – Riemst – Lanaken
1. Luca Pibernik LAMPRE – MERIDA 4:28:45
2. Mark McNally WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT 0:00:00
3. Bert Van Lerberghe TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 0:00:00
4. Alexis Gougeard AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:00:00
5. Chad Haga TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 0:00:00
6. Giacomo Nizzolo TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:05
7. Nacer Bouhanni COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:00:05
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen DIMENSION DATA 0:00:05
9. Arnaud Demare FDJ 0:00:05
10 Jonas Vangenechten IAM CYCLING 0:00:05

27. Rohan Dennis BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:05
29. Ben Swift TEAM SKY 0:00:05
36. Alex DowsettMOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:05
37. Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 0:00:05
39. Jack Bauer CANNONDALE 0:00:05
45. Peter Sagan TINKOFF 0:00:05
128. Luke Rowe TEAM SKY 0:03:54
149. Andrew Fenn TEAM SKY 0:06:14

1. Rohan Dennis BMC RACING TEAM 18:09:37
2. Taylor Phinney BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:16
3. Tony Martin ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:24
4. Peter Sagan TINKOFF 0:00:27
5. Niki Terpstra ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:27
6. Jos Van Emden TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:28
7. Manuel Quinziato BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:29
8. Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:33
9. Bob Jungels ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:36
10. Wilco Kelderman TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:38

16. Alex Dowsett MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:43



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