BRUSSELS, Brussels Capital Region, Aug 11, 2013 (AFP) – Last year’s Tour de
France winner Bradley Wiggins will be the star name on the start line of the
Eneco Tour, which begins in Koksijde on the North Sea coast of Belgium on
Fresh from his return from injury and illness at the Tour of Poland, which
ended a week ago, Wiggins will continue his preparation for September’s World
Championships, in which he is aiming to claim time trial gold.
He is joined by a strong field including Tour of Poland winner Pieter
Weening, the recent winner of the Tour of Denmark Wilco Kelderman as well as
last year’s winner of this event Lars Boom and reigning world road race
champion Philippe Gilbert.
The event, formerly known as the Tour of Benelux, takes the peloton through
Belgium and the Netherlands over seven stages and 1,080km, including a 13.2km
individual time trial on next Friday’s fifth stage.
Although unimpressive on his comeback in Poland, finishing 48th overall,
Wiggins blitz to victory in the final stage time trial, beating
race-against-the-clock specialist Fabian Cancellara by almost a minute over