Eneco Tour: Zdenek Stybar sprints to stage three win as Arnaud Demare retains lead
Last Updated: August 15, 2013 3:23pm
Zdenek Stybar outsprinted Ariel Richeze and Lars Boom
Czech rider Zdenek Stybar sprinted to victory on an eventful third stage of the Eneco Tour as France's Arnaud Demare retained the overall lead.
Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) profited from a misunderstanding in the Lotto-Belisol ranks to beat Ariel Richeze (Lampre-Merida) into second and Lars Boom (Belkin) into third.
Lotto-Belisol had been in control with just over 1km to go, but then Andre Greipel dropped off the wheel of lead-out rider Jurgen Roelandts, who ploughed on towards the finish line unawares and dragged Stybar, Richeze and later Boom with him.
Roelandts opened up a 75m gap over the peloton for the breakaway quartet and then pulled aside, apparently expecting Greipel to come through, only for Boom to spring out of his slipstream.
Crosswinds cause havoc
The race's 2012 winner couldn't hold on, though, and it was former cyclo-cross world champion Stybar who produced the decisive burst to the line.
Demare (FDJ) finished two seconds down in the chasing pack and sees his overall lead cut to one second, with Boom taking over in second place.
Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) crossed the line one minute five seconds down in 139th place and is now 146th in the general classification, 6min 23sec adrift of Demare.
The drama at the finish came after crosswinds had earlier caused havoc in the peloton.
The 187.3km day took the riders from Oosterhout in Belgium to Schouwen-Duiveland on the Netherlands coastline and as the riders approached the sea front, strong gusts split the main bunch into pieces.
The riders eventually settled into two distinct groups and it took almost 15km for the chasers, including Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), to catch back up and reform the peloton.
Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise duo Jelle Wallays and Laurens de Vreese instantly mounted a fresh breakaway and although De Vreese dropped off, Wallays managed to hold out until 16km to go.
The sprint teams then took control of proceedings, before Lotto-Belisol's mishap opened the door for Stybar to prevail.
Earlier in the day, Pablo Lastras was disqualified for holding on to his Movistar team car.
Stage three result
1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 4:14:00
2 Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida, same time
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin, st
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Leopard, +2sec
5 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol, st
6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
7 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent.jobs - Wanty, st
8 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha, st
9 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar, st
139 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +1:05
1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ, 12:18:42
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin, +1sec
3 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +3
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Belkin, same time
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC, +4
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp, +6
7 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol, +8
8 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC, st
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +10
10 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent.jobs - Wanty, st
146 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +6:23