Niki Terpstra (NED/Etixx-QuickStep) & Tony Martin (DEU/Etixx-QuickStep) charging up the infamous Kapelmuur (Muur van Geraardsbergen) in the rain

12th Eneco Tour 2016 (UCI World Tour)
Stage 7: Bornem õ Geraardsbergen (198km)

Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 26, 2016

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In today’s Daily News Digest: Terpstra wins Eneco Tour as Boasson Hagen picks up final stage; Ruffoni wins GP Bruno Beghelli; Hosking takes women’s inaugural Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli; Tuft and Durbridge grab third Duo Normand victory; Chaves wins Giro dell’Emilia; Elisa Longo Borghini takes second consecutive Giro dell’Emilia Donne; Van Aert, Compton solo to victories at inaugural Iowa City cyclocross World Cup event; Wiggins insists his corticosteroid usage was very different to Millar and others; Dennis disappointed to lose Eneco Tour lead but not seriously hurt; Sagan isolated in Eneco Tour, batteries running low towards end of season; British rider killed in Duo Normand vehicle collision; Movistar Yamaha MotoGP meets Movistar cycling team; Tampa woman Amanda Croker breaks cycling world record

Eneco Tour 2016 (UCI World Tour)Stage 7: Bornem õ Geraardsbergen (198km) / Belgium

Terpstra wins Eneco Tour as Boasson Hagen picks up final stage

by Shane Stokes

Starting the final day fifth overall, 27 seconds off the race, lead, Niki Terpstra finished second behind Edvald Boasson Hagen (BMC Racing Team) and vaulted to the top of the general classification in the Eneco Tour.

The Etixx-QuickStep rider was the main beneficiary after overnight leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) crashed out. Dennis had retained his lead on Saturday’s stage, finishing in the main bunch just behind a successful five man breakaway; there, Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida) beat Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and three others to the line.

Stage 6: Riemst > Lanaken - Stage Result

Saturday 24th September 2016

1. si
PIBERNIK Luka
Lampre - Merida
04:28:45
2. gb
MCNALLY Mark
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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3. be
VAN LERBERGHE Bert
Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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With Taylor Phinney sitting second overall heading into Sunday’s stage, just 16 seconds back, things were looking good for the BMC Racing Team. However the final leg was one of the toughest in recent memory, taking in multiple Flemish climbs including three full ascents of the Muur de Geraardsbergen.

Dennis was prepared for the challenge but he hit the deck in wet conditions, falling inside the final 50 kilometres. He had to wait a long time for a new bike and then chased in vain, eventually packing the race.

Up front, several dangerous riders were pushing ahead, Terpstra included. He picked up bonus seconds in the three Golden Kilometre sprints, while Boasson Hagen concentrated on the final ascent of the Muur and took the stage win.

Terpstra finished second, one second later, and beat Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) by 31 seconds in the overall standings.

Stage 7: Bornem > Geraardsbergen - Stage Result

Sunday 25th September 2016

1. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
04:33:36
2. nl
TERPSTRA Niki
Etixx - Quick Step
0:01
3. be
NAESEN Oliver
IAM Cycling
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  • Gavin Adkins

    I reckon Niki Terpstra is a big chance for the rainbow jersey this year.

    • If crosswinds are a factor, I reckon you might be right.

      • Dave

        Or even without crosswinds.

        He managed to defeat the sprinters on stage 21 of the Giro d’Italia last year (on a well sheltered circuit in central Milan) in a two man move with Luke Durbridge.

        • Arthur M

          I have to correct you, it was Iljo Keisse who won that stage, not Niki.

          • Dave

            Oops! I’ve never managed to tell the two apart.

            Even if he didn’t win that Giro stage, he did win Paris-Roubaix in 2014 with an attack at 6km to go from a reduced front group. The group he held off that time included Degenkolb, Sagan and Boonen.

  • velocite

    I was enjoying this digest, as an Aussie: pity Rohan Dennis crashed, but Chloe Hosking beats Vos, Durbridge and Tuft smash the two man TT and honorary Aussie Esteban gets a win. But then there was the death of the ’61 year old’ in that TT. Puts a dampener on the whole thing, don’t it?

    Completely off topic, but this article about driverless cars and bicycles is very good:
    http://www.bicyclingtrade.com.au/features/all-features/how-new-car-technology-will-help-our-bicycle-industry

  • Gene Sanders

    Are we supposed to read something into the Sagan headline about his “batteries running low”?

  • Superpilot

    Look how narrow Tony Martins handlebars are, they look like a 36!

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