Greg Henderson wins stage in the Netherlands

Last updated 11:36 21/06/2014
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NASTY INJURY: Kiwi cyclist Greg Henderson is expected to be fit in time for the Commonwealth Games despite crashing out of the Tour de France.

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New Zealand's Greg Henderson has grabbed an unexpected stage victory in the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands.

Better known as a lead out man for Lotto Belisol's big German finisher Andre Greipel, Henderson has grabbed the honours in the second stage of the five stage UCI race.

"This victory was a really nice surprise," Henderson told Cyclingnews.

"We were preparing the bunch sprint for André Greipel. With 800m to go there was a corner to the left. I went through first and André came to about fourth wheel. I looked back and waited to see if he was going to come to my wheel. He let me know to go full gas. I went and put my head down with 300m to go. I thought this was going to be a long 300m. I went as hard as I could to the finish line, hoping they wouldn't catch me anymore and I took the win,'' he said.

"I've got a good condition at the moment. I'm happy when André wins, then I've done a good job as a lead out. This stage win is an extra cherry on the top. It was totally unexpected."

Henderson topped Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), who moves into the lead of the points classification, and teammate Greipel.

Stage 2 winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) was not a factor in the sprint, but was in the front part of the split peloton, and retained his lead in the overall classification by five seconds over Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep).

Farrar moved up into third thanks to his six second time bonus, tied on time with Meersman, with prologue winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC) just behind in fourth.

The day began with a large breakaway of 28 riders, but the group was too big to cooperate fully.

They were reeled in after 30km, and a new break was formed that survived for much of the day.

That group contained Yannick Eijssen (BMC Racing Team), Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli), Marco Minnaard (Wanty - Groupe Gobert), Ronan van Zandbeek (Cyclingteam De Rijke), and Dries Hollanders (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam).

Hollanders and Van Zandbeek battled for the mountain points, but the latter eked out the lead in that competition by one point after making the first large breakaway and taking the first prime.

The field came into the sprint together, but it was Henderson who fooled them all, being released from lead out duties to take a rare stage victory.

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