After taking a fantastic stage victory earlier in the season at the 3 Days of De Panne, young Russian powerhouse Denis Galimzyanov avoided the chaos and mayhem of the run in to Sint Willebrord to take second spot behind Andre Greipel on the opening road stage of the Eneco Tour. A crash involving Caethoven of Verandas-Willems and DallAntonia of Liquigas decimated the field as they lined up for the sprint. Race leader Taylor Phinney of BMC took off for the sprint, but was overhauled as the head wind finish bit into his legs. With Tyler Farrar looking strong, Galimzyanov came off the wheel of the American, but the fast closing German got the win by a wheel in the throw to the line. This ride though is a real reinforcement though of the talent of the Katusha man, narrowly missing out to one of the Worlds biggest names. Taylor Phinney retained the lead.
1 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4:21:20 2 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 4 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 5 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 7 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 8 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 9 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 10 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD