Where: Netherlands and Belgium
When: September 19-25 2016
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) won the 2016 Eneco Tour overall after putting himself into the lead escape group in the finale of a rain-soaked final stage in Belgium.

Terpstra, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimenion Data) and Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) had distanced the rest of the field in a race fractured by the cobbles and bergs of the tough stage from Bornem to Geraardsbergen.

Pre-stage race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) had looked to be in a commanding position going into the last day of the seven-stage WorldTour race, but he crashed during the race, lost time and ultimately withdrew.

As Boasson Hagen attacked in the final kilometre to take the stage victory, Terpstra came home in second to seal the overall win.

Final general classification
1. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx-QuickStep in 22-43-26
2. Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling at 31 secs
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff at 1-00
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing at 1-02
5. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1-03
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1-11
7. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx-QuickStep at 1-15
8. Ion Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar at 1-19
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin at 1-22
10. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-QuickStep at 1-31

Eneco Tour 2016 Preview

The Eneco Tour, a week-long race incorporating stages in both the Netherlands and Belgium, has been shunted almost to the end of the 2016 WorldTour calendar. Now coming after the Vuelta a España, only Il Lombardia stands between the Eneco Tour and a much-needed close-season for the professionals’ tired legs.

It leaves the race feeling more anomalous than ever. Thanks to its undulating terrain, its short, steep hills and cobbled sections, the Eneco Tour already has the feel of the Spring Classic that spring forgot. As a result, it produces winners that wouldn’t usually be tipped for WorldTour stage races.

Right now, the race is undeniably the domain of Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), winner in both 2015 and 2014. Previous winners include Zdenek Stybar, Lars Boom, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tony Martin.

Eneco Tour 2016 stages

Stage one, Mon Sept 19, Bolsward (Ned) to Bolsward (Ned), 184km | Report
Stage two, Tue Sept 20, Breda (Ned) to Breda (Ned), 9.6km ITT | Report
Stage three, Wed Sept 21, Blankenberge (Bel) to Ardooie (Bel), 182.3km | Report
Stage four, Thu Sept 22, Aalter (Bel) to St-Pieters-Leeuw (Bel), 201.4km | Report
Stage five, Fri Sept 23, Sittard-Geleen (Ned) to Sittard-Geleen (Ned), 20.9km TTT | Report
Stage six, Sat Sept 24, Riemst (Bel) to Lanaken (Bel), 185.2km | Report
Stage seven, Sun Sept 25, Bornem (Bel) to Geraardsbergen (Bel), 197.8km | Report

Key info: Start list | 2016 contenders

Previous editions: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Full list of riders taking part in the 2016 Eneco Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium over September 19-25