Katusha’s Robbie McEwen won a field sprint into Rhenen in the Netherlands to win the first stage of the sixth of the Eneco Tour of Benelux on Wednesday.
McEwen outkicked Saxo Bank’s Sebastien and fellow Australian Allan Davis (Astana) at the finish of the 178 kilometer stage from Steenwijk. McEwen’s lone victory this year was at the Trofeo Mallorca back in February and later notched six top-5s at the Tour de France as he searched for his winning legs.
Canadian Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions), winner of the prologue time trial on Tuesday, finished safely in the main field in 22nd place and holds a five-second lead over Jos van Embden of Rabobank in the overall standings.
Thursday’s second stage will take riders from Sint Willebrord, Netherlands, across the Belgian border for a finish in Ardooie.
- 1. Robbie MCEWEN, (AUS) Team Katusha, at 4:16:34
- 2. Lucas Sebastian HAEDO, (ARG) Team Saxo Bank, at 0
- 3. Allan DAVIS, (AUS) Astana, at 0
- 4. Francesco CHICCHI, (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo, at 0
- 5. Jurgen ROELANDTS, (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 0
GC after stage 1:
- 1. Svein TUFT, (Canada) Garmin-Transitions,in 4:22:52
- 2. Jos VAN EMDEN, (Netherlands) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 5
- 3. Lars BOOM, (Netherlands) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 6
- 4. Maarten TJALLINGII, (Netherlands) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 6
- 5. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, (Norway) Team Sky, at 7