Lotto Belsiol’s Solid Ster ZLM Toer

Four out of six early escapees could stay ahead in the final stage of the Ster ZLM Toer which started in Gerwen and finished in Boxtel. Pim Ligthart won the stage. The peloton was only a few meters behind. Because of a puncture for Theo Bos just before the final ten kilometers,  there wasn’t any support anymore from Blanco, so the peloton was too late. André Greipel won the group sprint. In the overall classification he’s second behind Lars Boom. Greipel started with a tenth place in the prologue on Wednesday. Then he became two times second, each time just before Mark Cavendish. On the second day he finished behind the Dutchman Theo Bos, Friday Marcel Kittel was faster. The preparation for the sprint was disturbed that day because of a crash, Jürgen Roelandts was one of the riders involved.

The stage on Saturday was ridden in Belgium, from Verviers to La Gileppe. Adam Hansen animated the stage. The Australian rider of Lotto Belisol was part of a break of eight and he stayed ahead the longest. In 2010 he won that same stage. Greipel became sixth now, Lars Boom jumped away on the final climb and created a small gap. Besides a second place in GC, all these results yielded Greipel the points jersey as well. In the top ten of the GC Lotto Belisol has three riders. Marcel Sieberg became 7th, Jürgen Roelandts 9th. Sports director Bart Leysen is very satisfied about the team, but regrets there was no stage win.

Bart Leysen, sports director: “The team has worked well this race. André Greipel proved he’s good. The results he set here are good for his confidence. Unfortunately there was no victory. But his sprints were strong and he ended before Cavendish in those sprints. Indeed, Marcel Kittel beat him once, and he’ll meet him in the Tour as well, but yesterday he was dropped on the climb in the final.”

“Because of the crash on Friday Jürgen Roelandts couldn’t give everything in yesterday’s stage, but luckily the damage isn’t too bad. He’s 9th in the overall classification, Sieberg 7th and Greipel 2nd and that shows the whole team is good. On top of that we take points, which is very important. We’ll definitely be able to rely on our guys in the Tour, that’s for sure.”

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