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UCI WorldTour: Stybar wins the Eneco Tour




Eneco Tour results

UCI WorldTour Rankings

The former world cyclo-cross champion switched to full-time road racing in 2011. He has shown signs of his potential by winning a stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk in 2012 and was sixth in this year's Paris- Roubaix despite a late crash but his victory at the Eneco Tour confirmed he is now able to compete at UCI WorldTour level.

Stybar won stage three of the Eneco Tour thanks to his fast sprint finish, performed well in the 13.2km time trial and started the last stage just nine seconds down on Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano). The final stage of the Eneco Tour from Tienen to Geraardsbergen included several cobbled climbs in the Flanders region of Belgium. Stybar and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team played a perfect strategy. They first isolated Dumoulin before Stybar launched his attack on the penultimate climb. He quickly caught lone attacker Ian Stannard and then surged clear on the climb of the Geraardsbergen to win the stage and gain enough time on Dumoulin to win overall.

Dumoulin finished 26 seconds behind in the final overall results, with Andrey Grivko (Astana) third at 50 seconds.

Stybar scores 116 UCI WorldTour points

Stybar scored 116 UCI WorldTour points for overall victory and his stage results, climbing from 70th to 24th in the individual rankings. 
He now a total of 156 points.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) still leads the individual ranking with 587 points after his successful spring and overall victory at the Tour de France. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is second with 409 points and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) is third with 390 points.

Team Sky leads the team rankings with 1411 points, Movistar is second with 1115 points and Katusha is third with 941. Omega Pharma-Quick Step moved up from sixth to fourth after Stybar's success at the Eneco Tour and now has 775 points.

Spain continues to dominate the nations rankings with 1282 points. 
Colombia is second with 1001 points and Great Britain is third with
975 points.

"I'm really very pleased because this win is unexpected for me," 
Stybar said of his first ever UCI WorldTour victory.

"I knew that my form was good but I didn’t know I'd win two stages, almost take a third and the GC (general classification) too. I'm really happy for me and for my teammates who helped me a lot"

Stybar confirmed he will be part of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team that will ride the Vuelta a Espana, the last Grand Tour of the 2013 UCI WorldTour. The three-week stage race begins on Saturday August 24 in Galicia, northwestern Spain.

Aggressive racing

The Eneco Tour once again produced some aggressive and spectacular racing during the seven stages in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Australia's Mark Renshaw (Belkin) won the opening stage with a late attack, talented French sprinter Arnaud Demare (Fdj.fr) won stage two, Stybar won stage three and Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) showed his speed by taking stage four.

The stage five time trial was the first of three decisive days and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) beat some big-name time trial specialists, including Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).

A crash took out Taylor Phinney and Philippe Gilbert (BMC) on stage six in the Ardennes hills and Dumoulin set up overall victory with a strong attack. However Stybar used a similar strategy on stage seven to secure overall victory.

The 2013 Eneco Tour will be remembered as the turning point in Stybar's career as a road racer.

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