The Netherlands — Svein Tuft of the Garmin-Transitions team threw down a convincing win in Tuesday’s opening time trial of the eight-day Eneco Tour. The Canadian National Time Trial Champion rode his all-new 2011 Felt DA to his first ever ProTour stage win in the 5.2km prologue in Steenwijk, The Netherlands.
While the second through fifth place riders were separated by less than 2 seconds in the short, wet and technical circuit, Tuft beat runner up Jos Van Emden, the Dutch TT Champion, by 5 seconds. The Canadian is having a red-hot August—he also won the Stage 5 time trial at the Tour of Denmark on August 7 and finished second overall at that five-day races.
Prologue, 5.2 kilometers
1. Svein Tuft (Can), Garmin-Transitions, 6:19
2. Jos Van Emden (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:05
3. Lars Boom (Ned), Raboban, at 0:06
4. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:06
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Sky, at 0:07