BMC wins the team time trial in Eneco Tour

BMC lived up their status as the favourites in the team time trial on stage 5 of the Eneco Tour as the American formation beat Etixx-QuickStep in a close battle.

Arriving at the finish with all 8 riders, they stopped the clock in 23’11” to go six seconds faster than Etixx-QuickStep while LottoNL-Jumbo was a massive 23 seconds behind in a distant third place. Rohan Dennis is back in the leader’ jersey with a 16-second advantage over teammate Taylor Phinney as Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) slips to fourth, 27 seconds off the pace.

Sagan will get his first chance in tomorrow’s stage 6 which is the hilliest of the race. The riders will head into the Ardennes where they will face a long series of climbs in the final 100km. However, the final challenge comes with 18km to g and from there it is a mainly flat run to the finish where the riders will face a final kilometre that is slightly uphill at an average gradient of 3%.

Eneco Tour 2016 – stage 5 results (Sittard-Geleen TTT):

1 BMC Racing Team


2 Etixx-QuickStep


3 LottoNL-Jumbo


4 Movistar


5 IAM Cycling


6 Lotto Soudal


7 Giant-Alpecin


8 Tinkoff


9 Team Sky


10 FDJ



General classification after stage 5:

1 Rohan Dennis (BMC)


2 Taylor Phinney (BMC)


3 Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep)


4 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)


5 Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep)


6 Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo)


7 Manuel Quinziato (BMC)


8 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


9 Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep)


10 Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep)