Bernhard Kohl won the Volksbank Nightrace in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Austria. The Gerolsteiner rider escaped on the last lap and won solo ahead of Thomas Rohregger (Elk Haus) and Columbia's Bernhard Eisel, in front of 15,000 fans. "I thought I was riding on the Champs-Elysees today," Kohl said after the race.
There must have been a speedy finish in Herentals, Belgium, Thursday, judging by the results: Mark Cavendish (Columbia) won the three-man sprint ahead of Quick Step's Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux).
In the Netherlands, Fränk Schleck proved to be the fastest in Wateringen. He beat Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) and Milram's Niki Terpstra.