Eneco Tour #2: Boasson Hagen stays in contention for GC

Edvald Boasson Hagen TdF Stage 18 Stiehl

Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour in Breda might only have been 9km long, but as a test against the clock it was everything but an easy one. Edvald Boasson Hagen was Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s best finisher with a time of 11.22min. The stage win went to Rohan Dennis (BMC).

Soren Kragh Andersen (Giant-Alpecin) was the fist to set an indicative time. The Dane stopped the clock at 11.09min and was able to spend some time in the hot seat. However, he had to hand this spot to Dennis. The Australian TT champion was the first to clock a time under 11min. His 10.48min would stand up until the end and earned him the days glories as well as the race lead.

Pre-race favorites Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and World TT Champion Vasil Kiriyenka (Sky) couldn’t match Dennis’ effort. Only Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) came close and took the other two podium positions.

Tyler Farrar and Bernhard Eisel were among the early starters to take on today’s TT for our African team, that has its focus set on supporting Boasson Hagen this week. As such, the stage was one to get through for most of the team. Boasson Hagen though was keen to underline his good position in the GC. In the end he crossed the line 33sec down on Dennis. He is now 34sec behind new race leader Dennis, staying in contention with 5 days left to race.

Bernhard Eisel – Rider

Today’s TT was especially a goal for Edvald as we’re eyeing a good position in the overall with him. On paper he might have lost 33sec on stage winner Dennis, who was already strong at the Tour of Britain and basically rode one of his best TT’s ever today, but if one takes a closer look, he’s only around 15sec behind the other GC contenders. He stays in contention for the overall with several hard stages to come, which is good for us. BMC have a strong team here and they’ll also be the favorites for the TTT this Friday. However, the GC will only be decided on Sunday’s tough stage to Geraardsbergen, I guess, so there’s still a lot of cards that can be played.

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