Chased down by crashes
15 August 2013

Eneco Tour (st. 4)

Ventoso and Rojas fall, with no serious consequences, into dangerous finale of Eneco Tour stage four, in the eve of three decisive tests

After a bad crash that sent Alex Dowsett home on day two, Movistar Team was shaken today at Vlijmen’s finish, in the second ride of the 2013 Eneco Tour through the Netherlands, a 170-kilometer, completely flat route from Essen. The rain, as well as several turns into the final circuit, featuring also some cobblestones -which took Enrique Sanz down with no injuries into the first local lap-, caused a big crash at the front of the bunch with 6k remaining, with Fran Ventoso and José Joaquín Rojas involved.

As the Murcian recovered immediately, the Cantabrian took a bit more time to get back on his feet and be brought back, yet could finish the stage with no troubles. André Greipel (LTB) won the day’s sprint in front of Nizzolo (RLT) and Lars Boom (BEL), who takes over the race’s leadership before Friday’s 13km individual time trial in Sittard, which preceeds two hard stages finishing at the La Redoute (Saturday) and Kapelmuur (Sunday) climbs.