Dennis Drops to Second Overall at Eneco Tour22. September 2016, St-Pieters-Leeuw (BEL) — Road Team
Stage 4 of the Eneco Tour saw a hectic sprint finish in St-Pieters-Leeuw when the peloton finally came back together after countless attacks in the final 60km of racing.
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took the win and in doing so knocked Rohan Dennis out of the overall lead going into the stage 5 team time trial. Dennis now sits in second place on the General Classification, seven seconds behind Sagan.
Early in the stage two riders broke clear and were later joined by another two to form the day’s breakaway. The peloton brought the group back early and with 60km to go the stage was set for multiple attacks to play out.
BMC Racing Team worked hard to control the moves and protect Dennis’ lead, which saw Daniel Oss and Stefan Küng jump in some of the attacks.
3km before the line the peloton reeled the remaining two riders in and Sagan narrowly took the win over Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
Taylor Phinney sits in seventh overall.
Quotes of the Day:
“It was stressful but I was sort of was floating around in the middle of the peloton. I didn’t really have to stress too much about anything going away and staying away because the guys were covering everything and making sure that it was in control. There were a few times I started stressing but I told myself not to follow because I knew that they [teammates] were doing the right thing.”
“I was pretty confident that I was going to lose the jersey today but I said to Joey Rosskopf last night that it probably isn’t a bad thing because then I get to wear our team skin suit instead in the TTT. The ideal situation was that Sagan only gained one second on me but he’s got seven. It’s not the end of the race but we just have to make up the time.”
Greg Van Avermaet:
“The last 60km was really fast. We tried to control it but it was almost impossible. It was a really hard day in the end. We knew that Sagan was a good sprinter and a big contender and everything came together for the bunch sprint. It’s sad that we lose the jersey but maybe we can take it back tomorrow.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“The team time trial is only 20km and the level here is really high so I’m not sure how much time we can pull back tomorrow. I don’t expect a big difference. For sure today’s stage was really hard for everyone so this may make a difference tomorrow. We’re definitely the favorites for tomorrow which is why today the teams made us work so hard. On paper we have the strongest team so we will have to see how it plays out tomorrow and then we will look at the GC.”
Eneco Tour (2.UWT)
Stage 4 Aalter > St-Pieters-Leeuw (202km)
Top 3: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 19. Greg Van Avermaet, 34. Taylor Phinney, 42. Rohan Dennis.
BMC Racing Team on GC: 2. Rohan Dennis, 7. Taylor Phinney, 31. Manuel Quinziato
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