Good hopes for Eneco Tour

10 August 2013
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Dowsett’s comeback into racing and chances from Movistar Team’s three sprinters -Ventoso, Rojas, Sanz- make for interesting expectations in the last WorldTour race before the Vuelta

One day after completing the Vuelta a Burgos on Sunday with the mountain-top finish in the Lagunas de Neila, Movistar Team will go ahead with their busy August schedule at the 9th edition of the Eneco Tour, the WorldTour event covering seven stages from Monday 12 to Sunday 18.

Divided between Belgium and the Netherlands, the often-called ‘Tour of the Benelux’ will cover four relatively easy stages before a weekend full of hot points, with a 13km individual time trial in Sittard-Geleen (Friday 16) followed by a hard stage in the Wallon Ardennes, with three passages over La Redoute (Saturday 17), and a demanding showdown in Geraardsbergen, including three climbs of the mythical, cobbled Kapelmuur, plus two over the Bosberg.

Chente García Acosta and Jose Luis Laguía will be the directeurs sportifs for a telephone squad featuring triple British ITT champion Alex Dowsett‘s comeback into competition. He will be joined by seven Spaniards: Fran Ventoso, José Joaquín Rojas, Enrique Sanz, Pablo Lastras, Eloy Teruel, Ángel Madrazo and Juanjo Cobo.

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