Svein Tuft of Canada, riding for Orica-GreenEdge, won the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour on Saturday to take the leader’s white jersey from Belgian home favourite Tom Boonen of OmegaPharma. Tuft came home in 20:25.70 in the 17.4km time-trial around Ardooie in Belgium to see off US youngster Taylor Phinney of BMC-Racing by 5 seconds and Rabobank’s Dutchman Lars Boom by 6 seconds. The win allowed him to establish a 4 seconds lead going into the final stage, a 214.5km ride from Maldegem to Grammont. Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, returning from his doping ban, came in seventh on the day at 22 seconds as he looks to set out his stall for the upcoming Tour of Spain.
“I have had normal feelings, because I still need more efforts like this and to remove some ‘carbon from the engine’, as we say in cycling slang,” observed Contador. “I have not been super, but the differences are not too large to those who are contesting the win. My work for the Tour of Spain is ideal”.