Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma- Quick Step) won the 208 km final stage between Tienen (Flemish Brabant) and Geraardsbergen (East Flanders) after beating Ian Stannard in a sprint uphill.
Stannard was the only survivor of a breakaway group that also included the German top sprinter André Greipel. However, Stannard's solo effort just didn't stretch far enough as he was caught by Stybar 7 km from the end.
The hilly course took the riders through the Flemish Ardennes, over some renowned climbs from the Tour of Flanders like Tenbosse in Brakel or the Muur van Geraardsbergen, which they had to climb several times. The finish line had been drawn just before the steepest part of the climb. Stannard (Team Sky) did what he could, but Stybar was too strong and took a double, snatching the leader's jersey from Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano).
The Eneco Tour started last Monday and took the riders through Belgium and the Netherlands. Together with the Tour of Belgium, it's one of the major stage races in Belgium.
Who is Zdenek Stybar?
Zdenek Stybar is a former cyclocross ace. He claimed two world titles in the U21 category, and also became world cyclocross champion in the professional category in 2010, winning before his home crowd in Tabor. He next switched to road cycling, with success. Stybar was one of the revelations of Paris-Roubaix this year and now wins the Eneco Tour, probably the most important win of his career.
Stybar (27) speaks Dutch quite well after competing for the Flemish team Quick-Step since 2011. He also lived a while in Belgium, in Essen.