Eneco (3rd) / Ain (2nd)
Ventoso and Sanz take both 6th places at bunch sprints in the Eneco Tour and the Tour de l’Ain, where Movistar Team repeated their 7th place at a team time trial after yesterday’s effort in the Netherlands
Two sixth places a seventh spot completed a decent Wednesday for Movistar Team in their non-stop action through Belgium and France. At the 8th Eneco Tour, Fran Ventoso and José Joaquín Rojas fought to stay at the fore into the sprint of stage three, over 188 kilometers between Riemst and Genk. Perfectly positioned before the final two kilometers, some turns eliminated the Murcian and forced the Spanish road champion to take over until finally sitting in 6th place into the bunch kick, dominated by Theo Bos (RAB). Belgian Jens Keukeleire (OGE) retains the overall lead before two relatively easy stages towards Bergen op Zoom (Thursday) and Aalter (Friday).
In turn, the telephone squad also put a fine effort into the 24th Tour de l’Ain, with two stages -a road sector of 83 kilometers en route to Ambérieu-en-Bougy and a 11k team time trial around Saint-Vulbas- that left German André Schulze (APP) on top of the GC. At the morning race, Enrique Sanz signed a 6th place in Yauheni Hutarovich’s (FDJ) second victory in the event, while in the evening, the riders directed by Yvon ledanois claimed a fine 7th, 16 seconds behind winners OPQ with most of their block together -only Sanz was dropped after charging with most of the initial effort-. A 153.5 kilometer trek to Montréal-la-Cluse tomorrow will preceed the two mountain stages on Friday and Saturday.