Tuft wins Eneco TT
Canadian tops GC after stage success
Last Updated: August 11, 2012 6:00pm
Tuft: All smiles on the podium
Svein Tuft moved top of the overall standings at the Eneco Tour by winning the penultimate time trial stage in convincing fashion.
The Orica-GreenEdge rider clocked a time of 20 minutes and 25 seconds on the pan-flat 17.4km course which proved four seconds quicker than BMC’s Taylor Phinney.
The performance also saw the Canadian open up a four-second advantage over Rabobank’s Lars Boom in the general classification, with Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) a further 12 seconds adrift.
Overnight leader Tom Boonen dropped to 12th place on the General Classification after finishing 29th on the day, with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) seventh-placed finish on Saturday seeing him climb to 10th place overall.
Christian Knees was Team Sky’s highest-ranked rider in 11th position, with Alex Dowsett their best placed rider overall in 17th.
Speaking after the stage Tuft said: “We have a strong group of time trailers here and we showed that in the team time trial. We’ve got a good order in the general classification so we’ve had a good day.
“I was hoping to have a really good time trial but I didn’t expect to be in the leader’s jersey at this point in the race. It’s a great feeling.
“I have some strong competitors but I have a good team with guys like [Sebastian] Langeveld and [Jens] Keukeleire who are strong in this region. We’re definitely expecting a big battle tomorrow and I’ll hope to have a good day.”
The final stage looks set to be a spectacular finale with a welcome return of the Muur of Geraardsbergen. This iconic climb will be crested three times during the stage, including a final passage just 5km from home.