Eneco Tour: David Lopez wins stage six from breakaway as Tom Dumoulin takes overall lead
David Lopez delivered a magnificent performance to win stage six of the Eneco Tour.
Last Updated: 18/08/13 3:37pm
Lopez (Team Sky) surged clear of fellow escapees Angel Madrazo (Movistar) and Maciej Paterski (Cannondale) 100m from the summit finish on the legendary Cote de la Redoute in Belgium and then held off a group of chasers to win by two seconds.
The trio were the only surviving members of an initial 11-man escape and when they started up La Redoute, a staple of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day Classic, with only 20 seconds' lead, it looked like they too would be caught.
Madrazo launched his bid for victory with 200m to go, but Lopez stayed in his wheel and then emerged from his slipstream to claim a memorable win.
Dumoulin takes lead
Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step), who had been in the second group on the road, powered to second place, with Paterski hanging on to claim third.
Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) took over from the dropped Lars Boom (Belkin) as race leader in impressive style after leading the chase group and claiming fourth on the day.
The 150km stage started in Riemst and ended with three ascents of La Redoute in Aywaille.
Eleven men, including Lopez, escaped after 45km and quickly built up a lead that reached its peak at over seven minutes, but that that began to fall after a huge crash in the peloton.
With stage favourite Philippe Gilbert and BMC team-mate Taylor Phinney, fourth in the GC, both involved, Omega Pharma - Quick-Step looked to capitalise by upping the pace on the front of what was left of the peloton, eroding the breakaway's lead to under five minutes in the process.
Phinney was forced to abandon, but Gilbert remounted two minutes behind the main bunch and was forced to make a long and taxing chase back on. His cause wasn't helped when pack then split into pieces on the first ascent of La Redoute and two main groups formed, with Dumoulin spearheading the first and the likes of Gilbert and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) among those in the second.
Up ahead, the breakaway splintered on the second ascent of La Redoute and was further whittled down to just three when Madrazo attacked 20km out.
The trio had just over a minute's gap heading into the final 10km and after Dumoulin single-handedly reduced that to around 20 seconds with 1.5km and just the final climb of La Redoute remaining, a nail-biting finish ensued.
Stage six result
1 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky, 3:51:13
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +2secs
3 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale, same time
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano, +3
5 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard, st
6 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar, st
7 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
8 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
9 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin-Sharp, +12
10 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ, st
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano, 20:04:03
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +9secs
3 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana, +24
4 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard, +29
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, same time
6 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM, +37
7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +50
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +1:07
9 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE, +1:16
10 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana, +1:33