Rohan Dennis leads the Eneco Tour by five seconds from Jos van Emden after winning the stage two time trial

Rohan Dennis (BMC) moved into the leader’s white jersey at the Eneco Tour by putting in a dominant display to win the time trial on stage two by five seconds.

The Australian champion put an early marker down on next months’s World Championships by beating a world class field in Breda over the 9.6km course as many of the big names finished outside the top five.

Dennis’s time of 10-48 was five seconds ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo‘s Jos van Emden and a further nine seconds from Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) in third.

Pre-race favourites Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) finished outside of the top 10 as sprinters Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) took advantage of the short distance of the course to finish eighth and ninth respectively.

Alex Dowsett on stage two of the 2016 Eneco Tour

Alex Dowsett on stage two of the 2016 Eneco Tour

British time trial champion Alex Dowsett finshed 18 seconds down to claim 10th place and boost his chances of selection for the World Championships in Doha. Geraint Thomas (Sky) was 36th, 32 seconds behind Dennis.

Current time trial world champion Vasil Kiryienka turned up 45 seconds late to his start time and found that the clock was already running, being overtaken by Dennis close to the finish line.

Wednesday’s stage three sees another opportunity for the sprinters to claim success with a 182km stage between Blanenberge and Ardooie.

Eneco Tour stage two, Breda – Breda (9.6km TT)
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC, 10-48
2. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 5s
3. Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar, at 14s
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 15s
5. Mattias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling, st
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 16s
7. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC, st
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff, at 17s
9. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step, st
10. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar, at 18s

Rohan Dennis on the podium after stage two of the Eneco Tour

Rohan Dennis on the podium after stage two of the Eneco Tour

Overall standings after stage two
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC, 4-24-48
2. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 5s
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff, at 13s
4. Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar, at 14s
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 15s
6. Mattias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling, st
7. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 16s
8. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC, st
9. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step, at 17s
10. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar, at 18s