Koeien van de Eneco Tour: round-up

Seeing cows in every stage of the Eneco Tour has prompted me to consider adding some time in Belgium and the Netherlands to the 2013 Tour itinerary. Here’s what the Eurosport coverage brought us over the past seven days.

Shortly after this, the BMC team crashed. CJ raised the possibility that the smudge above one of the cows might, in fact, be the plume of a smoking gun… Cows with Guns. We know they’re out there.

Some sightings were clear…

 

…whilst others were a bit sketchy.

 

Patience was rewarded.

Squint at the blobs just above the “pause” symbol and I think you’ll agree that we have some Lakenvelder.

These guys welcomed the breakaway.

Thanks, Carrie, for alerting me to the final stage’s bovine riches.

That’s it for the Eneco Tour. Lars Boom (Rabobank), with his second place finish in the final stage, took the white jersey of the overall winner. Radioshack’s Nizzolo won the points classification and de Vreese of Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator was awarded the Combative prize. Luke Durbridge finished fifth overall, just behind Contador who showed that we can look forward to a good performance from him in the Vuelta (although he might want to ease back in the opening Team Time Trial).

The Vuelta a España starts on Saturday. You thought the Tour de France was tough? Eurosport is advertising a 2.45am start for the first stage. Ouch. I think there’ll be significant time-shifting.