Greipel captures Eneco sprint
Tue, 09 Aug 15:25:00 2011
Andre Greipel came with a late burst to edge out Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) and win stage one of the Eneco Tour in Sint Willebrord.
The German sprinter from Omega Pharma was just too quick for the Russian at the end of the 192.1km trek from Oosterhout.
Garmin's American sprinter Taylor Farrar was half a wheel behind Galimzyanov in third.
Taylor Phinney, the winner of Monday's prologue, retains the overall lead after opening out the sprint and finishing seventh.
Phinney's BMC Racing Team was strong in helping pull back a breakaway and the former US national time trial champion avoided several pile-ups, including a large one in the middle of the field with one kilometer to go.
He said: "I was feeling good at the end. Rabobank made a big push to try and split the field and I was right up there with great help from Greg Van Avermaet and Karsten Kroon in the final. We had (Michael) Schär, (Johann) Tschopp and (Simon) Zahner on the front all day. And Steve Morabito and Yannick Eijssen also did great work. I'm really thankful to them for all their help today."
The seven stage World Tour race concludes on Sunday.
Eneco - stage 1 - Last min