The Orica-GreenEdge team won the second stage of the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries on Tuesday, an 18km team time-trial, as the Saxo Bank team of former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador slumped to ninth. The Australian team clocked 21min 09sec in the race around Sittard to finish one second ahead of Belgian outfit Omega Pharma-Quickstep, with Russia's Katusha third 2sec off the pace.
Belgian Jens Keukelaire was the first Orica rider to cross the finish line, and he takes the overall leader's jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel, of the Argos-Shimano team. Spaniard Contador is making his comeback from a two-year doping ban but his team finished ninth fastest at 27sec. Wednesday's third stage covers 188km from Riemst to Genk in Belgium and should favour the sprinters, with the race finishing on Sunday.