Boasson Hagen claims Britain's third stage

Reus continues as overall leader

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) added another Tour of Britain stage victory to his impressive palmares today in Gretna Green. The Norwegian all-rounder used his high speed capability to rocket his way down the final 200m finishing straight, holding off the challenge from Michele Merlo (Barloworld) and Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream). Boasson Hagen won three stages in last year’s event.

Kai Reus (Rabobank) finished safely in the bunch on the same time as the winner and retains the yellow jersey going into the Blackpool stage tomorrow, but the competition is close behind. Boasson Hagen is in second place at 11 seconds with Sutton at 12.

“It was really great last year,” said Boasson Hagen. “And it’s really good that I was able to win again today. I had a perfect lead-out from the team. We waited until about two kilometres to go and we set the pace with everyone on the front. Tony Martin led me out with 300m to go. I may have opened up the sprint a little bit early but I made it.

“I was ill last week and missed training so my form has not been so good but I am hoping that it will improve before the World Championships,” he added. “I hope I can win the stage into Stoke on Trent again this year. I want to try to keep close on the general classification but I hope I can win some more stages.”

Boasson Hagen’s British success comes less than a week after he was named on start-up British squad Team Sky’s roster for 2010. Today's result will have certainly impressed Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, who was in town to see his new signing take the stage victory. “I am really excited about the new team. It looks like it will be a really good team and I will get some good support. I hope we can be as strong as Columbia,” he said.

The day started brightly again with a number of attacks going in the first few kilometres. German road race champion Martin Reimer and the ever aggressive Thomas De Gendt (TopSport – Vlaanderen) were the only riders to succeed in moving clear from the bunch led by the Rabobank team. Darren Lapthorne (Rapha Condor) and Rob Ruygh (Vacansoleil) saw the danger and jumped over to the leaders and the quartet built a useful lead of 2:40 minutes at 20km.

Reimer won the first sprint at Melrose with De Gendt second but the Belgian was first over the summit of Bowden Hill to consolidate his lead in the mountains competition. Rabobank continued to ride tempo with the main field tucked in behind.

The gap was fluctuating until the Joker Bianchi team began helping Rabobank chase 50km from the finish and the break was doomed. De Gendt tried to counter attack as the quartet was being reeled in but it was an Agritubel rider that caught and passed De Gendt before he too was brought back.

Agritubel’s Emilien Berges saw the opportunity to counter attack, so the brave Frenchman gritted his teeth and began to pull away from the peloton. Berges’ solo effort lasted until the one kilometre remaining kite was in view and he was swallowed up by the fast moving bunch, being led by Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) who was working for team-mate Danilo Napolitano.

Pozzato swung off the front and Columbia-HTC took up the mantle to lead-out the sprint with Boasson Hagen coming through to win the sprint and the stage. De Gendt now leads the sprint competition with 37 points with Reimer in second with only 16. He also leads the mountains competition with 35 points with Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil) in second place with 18 points.

Race leader Kai Reus is still taking in his stage victory from Sunday. “It was tough today,” said Reus. “But it was a beautiful day and it was up and down and I love Scotland. We will see how it goes tomorrow. My legs were tired early on but today was good for me. Tomorrow looks easy and could be another bunch sprint and if Boasson Hagen wins it he will be in the lead and I might not be in the yellow jersey tomorrow. The team was very strong today.

“It was part of our plan today to let a break get away,” he said. “I told Thomas De Gendt that if he tried again that he might be able to get away. I think his legs will be very painful today. Yesterday was a very special day because of the race and also afterwards when I had many messages and I had lots of comments on my website. It was incredible.”

Full Results
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC3:38:01 
2Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
3Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
5Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
6Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
8Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
9Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
11Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
12Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
13Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
14Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
16Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
17Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
18Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
19Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
20Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
24Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
25Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
26Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
27Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
28Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
29Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords  
31Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
33Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
34Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
35Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
36Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
37Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
39Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
40Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
41Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
42Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
43Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
44Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
45Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
46Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
47Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
48Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
50Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
51Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
52Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha  
53Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
54Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
55James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
56Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
57Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
58Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
59Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
60Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
61Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
62Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
63Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
64Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
65Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
66Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
67Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
69Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC  
70Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
71Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
72Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
73Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
74Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
76Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
77Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
78Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
79Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
80Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
81Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
82Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
83Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
84Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
85Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
86Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
87Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
88Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
89Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
90Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
91Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:00:15 
92Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
93Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:51 
94Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:03 
95Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:04:18 
96Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:12:02 
97Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:16:31 
98Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
Sprint: Melrose
1Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor1 
Sprint: Newcastleton
1Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor1 
Sprint: Langholm
1Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor1 
KoM Cat 3: Bowden Hill
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator4pts
2Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor2 
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1 
KoM Cat 2: Lime Kiln Edge
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6pts
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5 
3Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor3 
5Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords2 
6Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
KoM Cat 3: Harelaw Hill
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator4pts
2Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team2 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor1 
Combativity Award
1Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
1Cervelo TestTeam10:54:03 
2Team Halfords  
5Team Columbia-HTC  
7Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
8CSF Group - Navigare  
9Rapha Condor  
10Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
11Joker Bianchi  
13AG2R La Mondiale  
14Garmin - Slipstream  
15Team Katusha  
General classification after stage 3
1Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11:24:15 
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:11 
3Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:12 
4Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:00:14 
5Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:17 
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:00:19 
7Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:23 
8Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:25 
9Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:26 
10Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
11Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
12Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
13Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
14Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
15Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
16Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
17Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
18Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
19Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
20Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
21Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
23Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
24Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
25Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
26Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
27Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
28Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
29Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
30Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
31Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
32Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
33Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
34Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
35Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
36Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
37Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
38Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:31 
39Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:37 
40Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
41Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
42Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
43Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
44Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
45Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
46Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
47Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
48Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
50Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
51Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
54Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
55Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
56Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
58Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
59Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
60James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
61Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
62Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC  
63Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
64Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
65Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
66Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
67Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
69Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
70Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
71Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
72Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
73Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
74Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
76Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
77Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
78Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
79Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
80Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
81Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
82Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
83Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:00:43 
84Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:00:52 
85Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:06 
86Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:19 
87Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:28 
88Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:47 
89Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:50 
90Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:04:34 
91Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:10:46 
92Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:38 
93Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:48 
94Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:15:59 
95Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:17:08 
96Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD-Neri  
97Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:21:49 
98Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:30:57 
Points classification
1Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld38pts
2Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream35 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC28 
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi27 
5Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT26 
6Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha23 
7Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team21 
8Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator17 
9Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team16 
10Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri16 
11Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank15 
12Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT14 
13Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12 
14Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords10 
15Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
16Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha8 
17Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank7 
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld6 
19Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6 
20Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5 
21Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3 
22Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords3 
23Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor2 
24Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
Mountains classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator35pts
2Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team18 
3Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor13 
4Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
5Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team8 
6Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor6 
7Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5 
8Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale5 
9Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC4 
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld3 
11Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT3 
12Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords3 
13Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld2 
14Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
15Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
16Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team1 
17Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
18Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Sprint classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator37pts
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team16 
3Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11 
4Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
5Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
6Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale4 
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
8Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor3 
9Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC2 
10Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT2 
11Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
12Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream1 
13Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
14Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare1 
Teams classification
2Cervelo TestTeam0:00:09 
3Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
6Team Columbia-HTC  
7Team Halfords0:00:20 
10AG2R La Mondiale  
11Team Katusha  
12Garmin - Slipstream  
13CSF Group - Navigare  
14Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:31 
16Rapha Condor  
17Joker Bianchi  


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