THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug 15, 2013 – German Andre Greipel easily
won a sprint finish to the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries
on Thursday as reigning champion Lars Boom moved into the leader’s jersey.
Greipel proved a class above the competition in the run-in at the end of
the 169km run from Essen to Vlijmen, finishing well clear of Italian Giacomo
Nizzolo in second with Boom third.
That was enough to move the Dutchman ahead of France’s Arnaud Demare in the
overall standings due to bonus time on offer at the finish.
Demare dropped to third, three seconds off Belkin’s Boom, with Greipel
moving up to second at just one second thanks to his victory.
Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, last year’s Tour de France winner, was affected
by a crash which split the peloton and lost 3min 11sec on the day to fall 9min
37sec adrift of the overall lead.
However, he is fancied to win Friday’s fifth stage, a 13.2km time trial
from Sittard to Geleen.