Greg van Avermaet powers to Eneco Tour win

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Greg van Avermaet climbs to victory in stage five of the Eneco Tour whilst Tom Dumoulin moves into the leader's jersey.

Van Avermaet made his move 500 metres from the top of the climb when he powered past Pavel Brutt.

The BMC rider gained some time on his rivals above him in the general classification standings after the win put him only 25 seconds behind new race leader Dumoulin.

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Dumoulin finished one second behind Van Avermaet in second place, with Brutt crossing the line in third.

The second placed finish for the Giant-Shimano rider meant he grabbed some bonus seconds meaning he now leads the race ahead of Lars Boom.

Boom two seconds behind Dumoulin

Boom is now two seconds behind Dumoulin in the overall standings with two stages to go. Geraint Thomas kept up his hopes of wearing the leader's jersey by finishing stage five in fifth which leaves him only 21 seconds behind first place.

The stage today was the first time the riders had been tested with big climbs with the other stages so far being relatively flat.

I think the overall lead will change hands a few more times before the end of the race with some more climbs to come but with Thomas in a good position I would like to see him win a stage race as he has the potential to lead Team Sky one day. 

After the crash at the end of stage four involving Zdenek Stybar, the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider has had to have reconstructive surgery on his lips. Stybar had to have three teeth replaced and had internal and external stitching on his lips.

Stage five result

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:48:37
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:01
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
4 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:00:06
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
8 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
9 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team

General Classification

1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 16:34:29
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:02
3 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:11
4 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:21
6 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:23
7 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:24
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25
9 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
10 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge 0:00:28

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