Quinziato Wins Stage 2 of Eneco Tour
Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) has won Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour.
Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) has won Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour. The Italian soloed away from the field in the last two km to win the flat, 194.6-km run from ?s Hertogenbosch to Sittard-Geleen in 4:46:43. Simone Cadamuro (Milram) took the bunch sprint for second from Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) at 0:04. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) remains the overall leader.
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After a flurry of attacks, Luis Pasamontes (Unibet.com) escaped at 58 km. The peloton did not pursue immediately, and at 89 km, the Spaniard led the field by 8:00. His moment in the sun, however, ended when he ran a red light at a railroad crossing. The race jury disqualified him.
At 100 km, nine riders went off of the front, but the peloton reeled them in within 10 km. Twenty km later, Carlos Zarate (Saunier Duval) attacked; Paul Martens (Skil) and Carlos Abellan (Astana) joined him. With 49 km remaining, the three riders led the field by 3:00.
Gradually, the peloton reduced the break?s advantage. With 25 km left and less than a minute separating bunch and break, Martens and Abellan dropped Zarate. The attack did the pair no good because the peloton caught them five km later.
Alberto Fernandez (Saunier Duval) attacked and was helped by a crash in the peloton that split the field. With 17 km left, the Spaniard led the lead group by 0:17. Rabobank, however, began to chase, and Fernandez was back in the fold two km later.
Discovery Channel and Gerolsteiner powered the lead group. Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) attacked but was reeled in. Quick Step appeared to be about to set up Boonen. Quinziato, however, had other ideas. With two km left, the Italian made his move and held off the bunch for the first win of his career.
In the overall, Boonen leads Quinziato by 0:01 and Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) by 0:03. Stage 3 will be more difficult than the first two stages. The 185-km ride from Beek, The Netherlands to Westmalle, Belgium will be more challenging than the first two stages, but it should end in a sprint. Expect Tom Boonen to win in front of his compatriots.