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The phrase ‘strength in depth’ might have been coined with Omega Pharma-QuickStep in mind.
With Tom Boonen nursing an injury, and Mark Cavendish enjoying some downtime after the Tour of Denmark, Sylvain Chavanel started the Eneco Tour as the Belgian team’s de facto leader.
The French national time trial champion showed his pedigree in the race of truth today to win the stage and move to within four seconds of the overall lead.
With two Classics-style stages ahead, ‘Chava’, the winner in March of the Three Days of De Panne, can be relied upon to carry the fight to race leader and defending champion, Lars Boom, to the finish.
Enjoy this gallery of events from stage five from photographer, Stefano Sirotti.