DENNIS SO-CLOSE AT ENECO TOUR

There was heartbreak for BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes and fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle) on Sunday when the 26-year-old Australian crashed out on the final stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux. Dennis entered the last day with a 16-second lead over teammate Taylor Phinney but, in the final 60km and against an apocalyptic backdrop of gray clouds and piercing rain, he hit the slippery cobbled roads hard after an apparent touch of wheels.

When the crash occurred, Dennis was part of a GC group that had just fled the peloton in search of the nine-man breakaway. Such was the ferocity of the fall, Dennis was forced to abandon on the final lap of the 197.8km stage from Bornem to Geraardsbergen. On a brighter note, Dennis should be fully recovered by the time the World Championships come around in less than two weeks time.

‘He went down on his right side and suffered multiple abrasions to his arm and leg,’ said BMC Racing’s Dr Dario Spinelli after the race. ‘But apart from the cuts and bruises there doesn’t appear to be any serious injuries, and he should be fine after a couple of days’ rest and recovery.’

Upfront there was better news for another fi’zi:k rider, Edvald Boasson Hagen (fi’zi:k Antares VS saddle and Team Dimension Data), who broke the day’s leading contenders Niki Terpstra and Oliver Naesen in the final 1km climb to the line to claim a fantastic victory.

‘I came to the Eneco Tour with the goal of winning a stage and maybe the overall,’ Boasson Hagen said. ‘The overall didn’t go according to plan but I am happy to win the stage.’

The overall did go according to plan for Terpstra who took the GC title.