Eneco Tour 2015 Cycling Preview
Eneco Tour hits our screens Belgiums and the Netherlands premier stage race and really it is an array of belgium one day racing over a few days. Also note the strange addition of a golden km in this race, a km that has three intermediate sprints with likely key time bonuses on offer each day. SO lets look the openers is for the sprinters and that golden km comes with 23km to go so it may not just go to the break. Stage 2 is flat again with the golden km coming with 20km to go. Stage 3 is flat again with a golden km 25km out. Stage 4 is the 14km time trial. That time trial is interesting a little longer and it could have played more into hands of GC and specialist types as its not quiet flat the finish is uphill. Stage 4 is where it kicks off with the time trial likely to settle the GC a bit we should see some hard racing from those playing catch up. 180km with the Murrs to mix it up 18 in all. Stage 6 is 209km but has less hills to overcome, 10 in all but with a circuit finish. Stage 7 is 189km with lots of hills in the latter part of the race after 3 days of this expect plenty chances for the strongest to shine.
So the eneco tour in essence starts easy then post time trial it all kicks off with a tough Ardennes stage a moderate hilly stage and a Muur finish. By most views the cobble stage will be a true test for the riders and be the most important day. Lotto defend with Wellens but they may have a better option in Benott, but both Reolandts and Debusschere had strong classic campaigns. Etixx lead with Boonen but overall focus will be with Terpstra and Alaphilippe on this one. BMC look strong as well with Gilbert and more so Van Avermaet a huge threat. Sky have Stannard but he should be feeling the pinch of the season by now as should Rowe.
Boom had a bad Tour from start to finish but if back to fitness he cobbles and time trials well to contend here, he also has Grivko with him. Spilak is here with Katusha he loves week racing but this is beyond his comfort zone. Orica could have a true outsider in Keukeliere who enjoyed the spring this year. Langveld had an off year but he has contended well here before including last season. Van Avermaet is on fire he had strong Tour and could have won in San Sebastian the 3 day of sprint stages gives him a chance to shake any stiffness from his last crash. Terpstra should really enjoy this parcours and his price was too good. I have thrown in three value outsiders to the mix.
Eneco Tour Winner:
1.25 pt Greg Van Avermaet 9/2 ladbrokes
,75pts N.Terpstra 16/1 skybet
.1pt Jens Keukleire 66/1 bet365
.15pts Jurgen Roelandts 80/1 bet365
.05pt J.Debusschere 200/1 ladbrokes
GVA to beat Gilbert 1/2 bet365
Terpstra to beat Boom 8/13 bet365
1ptKeukeliere to beat Langeveld 8/11 bet365
2.5pts Wellens to beat Keldermann evens bet365