Eneco Tour: Sir Bradley Wiggins forced to settle for fifth as Sylvain Chavanel takes victory
Last Updated: August 17, 2013 4:03pm
Sir Bradley Wiggins slipped to fifth after being edged out by rivals
Sir Bradley Wiggins was unable to continue his time trial momentum at the Eneco Tour after the Olympic champion placed fifth on stage five.
The 33-year-old Briton is building up towards the world time trial championships next month, but was unable to repeat his victory at the recent Tour of Poland.
A time of 16 minutes 13 seconds put Wiggins into an early lead, but his benchmark was gradually chipped away at as further time trial specialists finished their runs.
A relatively short stage at 13.2km produced close times, with the Team Sky rider ending the day nine seconds back on stage winner Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step).
Lars Boom (Belkin) finished tenth on the stage to extend his lead of the general classification to four seconds, with Chavanel now second.
Race against time
With a number of early runners being established time trial specialists, Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) topped the charts briefly (16:32) but was beaten by 19 seconds by Wiggins.
Setting his time at 48.798 km/h, Wiggins then endured a nervous wait, the technical start to the course not playing into his hands.
Jesse Sergent was the first man to edge out Wiggins by heading through the intermediate split 10 seconds up and holding on to go five quicker at the line.
The RadioShack-Leopard rider's time was good enough for third on the day, just a fraction of a second behind Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano), with Sebastian Langeveld (Orica-GreenEDGE) pipping Wiggins by three seconds into fourth.
With the general classification still tight, the race will be decided on a tough weekend of racing over some renowned Classics terrain in Belgium.
Stage five result
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 16:04
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano +4secs
3 Jesse Sergent (NZ) RadioShack Leopard, same time
4 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE, +6
5 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +9
6 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC, +11
7 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha, +14
8 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vaconsoleil-DCM, +17
9 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana, +18
10 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin, +20
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin 16:22:39
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +4
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano, +8
4 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC, same time
5 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE, +10
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC, +18
7 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana, +23
8 Zdeneck Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +24
9 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha, +25
10 Ian Stannard (GB) Team Sky, +26
135 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Team Sky, +9:26