Eneco Tour 2015: Favourites

Lars BoomThe decision in Eneco Tour will come from the ITT and the three hilly stages in the closing weekend. Cyclingstage.com brings you the major contenders. (Slideshow route/profile)

Tim Wellens
The young Flemish rider had his breakthrough year in 2014, performing well in the Giro and winning Eneco Tour. 2015 was a different story and, of course, performing for his home-crowd, Wellens wants to put things right. Good time trialist, strong climber. In 2014 he made good use of Dumoulin and Boom watching each other, but this year he will be watched himself.

Lars Boom
Winner in 2012 and runner-up in 2014. With his strong ITT he should force his way to the top of the overall, to consolidate in the hills. Recently, Boom showed good form in the Tour of Denmark by winning stage 1.

Wilco Kelderman
Same story as Wellens for the young Dutchman. Strong in 2014 and a meager 2015, despite winning te youth classification in the Volta a Catalunya and the national time trialing championships in the Netherlands. Talking of which, the ITT in stage 4 will be his chance to take control. Good climber, decent sprint – Kelderman is a perfect allrounder.

Philippe Gilbert
The Walloon showed great form in the Giro, winning two stages, and then he had to skip the Tour de France. Until now, he didn’t perform well in Eneco Tour, which is strange as the routes of the closing weekend seems to be tailor made for him. Not a bad time trialist at all, Gilbert could be up for his first Eneco overall-win in 2015.

Greg Van Avermaet
Always good but never a winner – last year, Van Avermaet broke that spell in the Eneco-stage to Geraardsbergen. Since then he won great stages, the best being his stage-win in the recent Tour de France. Last May, Van Avermaet won the Tour of Belgium. Is Eneco Tour next?

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