Boasson Hagen triples up in Stoke-on-Trent

Norwegian claims race lead on time bonus

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) took his third victory in as many days at the race finished in a tough up-hill sprint in Stoke on Trent today.

The Norwegian took a ten second time bonus for winning the stage and replaced Kai Reus (Rabobank) as race leader. The Dutch rider was one of the first to congratulate Boasson Hagen after he crossed the finish line. Boasson Hagen now leads Reus by nine seconds going into the tough West Country stages on Thursday and Friday where the gaps on the general classification are expected to expand. Chris Sutton (Garmin Slipstream) lies third at 14 seconds.

"I am really happy to win today after some hard team work," said Boasson Hagen: "We tried to split the group in the crosswind but it came together again so we decided to keep it together and go for the sprint.

"It’s special to get three wins in a row. I did it last year and it’s nice to do it again, but I couldn’t have done it without the team. The course today was made hard with the wind and the finish was a little bit tricky but I liked it. I remember the finish from last year but I also saw it on YouTube. Maxime Monfort led me out and it was good to have him there. The hills were quite fast and I was able to sit in the peloton so it was OK."

"It is nice to have the yellow jersey," continued Boasson Hagen: "Last year I lost it but this year I have possibilities. We have a strong team here and I hope we can defend the jersey."

The tough conditions saw many riders roll in over fifteen minutes behind the race winner.

The day was marked by another brave breakaway attempt. Dan Fleeman (Cervelo Test Team), Alan Marangoni (CSF Navigare) and Darren Lapthorne (Rapha Condor) had moved into the lead after the first sprint of the day at Stone which was won by Martin Reimer (Cervelo Test Team).

Former French champion Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) took off in pursuit and it took the talented Frenchman 30km to catch the leaders with the quartet holding a lead of over five minutes over the bunch at one stage.

Columbia put the hammer down on the front of the bunch and the crosswinds near the finish saw many riders lose contact. The leaders were finally swept up with five kilometres to go. Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC) led out Boasson Hagen on the uphill sprint which he he won ahead of Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) and Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls).

Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen) still leads in the sprint and mountains competition and the Belgian still had enough strength in his legs to pick up more points in both today. Boasson Hagen also nudged his way into the points jersey.

Nicolas Vogondy was upbeat even after his breakaway group was caught. "It took me a long time to get across to the leaders and I wasn’t able to contribute to the pace as much as I would have liked near the end.

"I gave it everything today. It is a shame that we got caught. We have won the race in the past two years and it is pretty much our strategy to attack everyday. I think this year the general classification is out our reach this year but we aim to keep attacking to win at least stage."

Full Results
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC3:15:57 
2Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
4Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
5Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
6Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
8Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
9Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
10Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
11Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
12Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
13Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
14Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
15Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
16Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
17Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
21Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
22Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
23Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
24Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
25Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
26Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
27Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
28Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
29Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
30Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
31Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
33Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords  
34Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
35Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
36Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
37Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
38Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
39Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
40Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
41Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
42Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
43Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
44Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
45Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
46Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
48Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
49Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
50Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
51Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
52Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
55Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
56Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
57Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
58Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:00:17 
60Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
61Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:27 
62Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:30 
63Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords0:00:46 
64Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:50 
65Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri0:00:58 
66Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
67Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:02 
68Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:04 
69Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:09 
70Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:02:31 
71Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:43 
72Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:02:46 
73Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:05:12 
74Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords0:16:50 
75Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords  
76Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
77Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
78Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
79Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
80James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
81Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
82Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
83Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
84Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
85Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
86Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
87Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
88Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
89Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
90Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
91Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
92Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
93Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
94Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
95Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNSBradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNSPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
Sprint 1 - Stone
1Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team5pts
2Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel3 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT2 
4Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Sprint 2 - Leek
1Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5pts
2Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3 
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor2 
4Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel1 
Sprint 3 - Wedgewood
1Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5pts
2Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3 
3Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel2 
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Wooton Hill
1Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare6pts
2Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team5 
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor4 
4Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel3 
5Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
6Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Mountain 2 (Cat 1) Gun Hill
1Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team10pts
2Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel8 
3Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare6 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor5 
5Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator4 
6Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3 
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC2 
8Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Mountain 3 (Cat 3) Cheddleton
1Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team4pts
2Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel3 
3Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare2 
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor1 
Most aggressive rider
1Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
4CSF Group - Navigare  
5Garmin - Slipstream  
6Cervelo TestTeam  
7Team Katusha  
9Rapha Condor  
12AG2R La Mondiale  
13Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
14Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:27 
15Team Columbia-HTC0:00:30 
16Team Halfords0:00:46 
17Joker Bianchi0:16:50 
General classification after stage 5
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC18:12:07 
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:00:09 
3Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:14 
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:17 
5Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:29 
6Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri0:00:30 
7Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
8Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:32 
9Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:00:34 
11Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:00:35 
12Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
13Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
14Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
15Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
17Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
18Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
19Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
20Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
22Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
23Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
24Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:40 
25Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
26Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:46 
27Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
28Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
29Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
30Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
31Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
32Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
33Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
34Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
35Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
36Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
37Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
38Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
39Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
41Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
42Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
43Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
44Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
45Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
48Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
49Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
50Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
51Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
52Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
53Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:49 
54Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team0:00:52 
55Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:01:02 
56Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:15 
57Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:16 
58Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords0:01:21 
59Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:28 
60Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:33 
61Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:36 
62Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:44 
63Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
64Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:47 
65Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:18 
66Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:03:31 
67Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:13:04 
68Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:47 
69Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:16:09 
70Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:16:32 
71Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:17:13 
72Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:17:18 
73Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords0:17:36 
74Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
75Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
76Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
77Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:17:51 
78Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:18:46 
79Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:19:44 
80Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:20:06 
81Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:49 
82Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:32:48 
83Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
84Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
85Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:32:58 
86Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:32:59 
87Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
88James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
89Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
90Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
91Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
92Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:38:48 
93Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords0:48:10 
94Svein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:48:21 
95Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:51:40 
Points classification
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC58pts
2Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream56 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT51 
4Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld38 
5Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team34 
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi27 
7Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri25 
8Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team22 
9Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT20 
10Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha18 
11Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha18 
12Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team16 
13Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank15 
14Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare14 
15Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
16Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi12 
17Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri11 
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld11 
19Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords10 
20Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC10 
21Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
22Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld8 
23Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha8 
24Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT7 
25Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank7 
26Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6 
27Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare5 
28Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld5 
29Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor4 
30Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
31Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3 
32Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
33Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri3 
34Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords3 
35Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
36Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel1 
37Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
38Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Mountains classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator40pts
2Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare22 
3Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team22 
4Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team19 
5Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri16 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale16 
7Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor16 
8Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare14 
9Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel14 
10Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor13 
11Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
12Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha9 
13Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team8 
14Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC8 
15Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel6 
16Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld6 
17Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5 
18Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale5 
19Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC5 
20Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT3 
21Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3 
22Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords3 
23Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld2 
24Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
25Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team1 
26Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
27Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1 
28Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Sprint classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator39pts
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team24 
3Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11 
4Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare10 
5Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
6Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri8 
7Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8 
8Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6 
9Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
10Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale5 
12Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor5 
13Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT4 
14Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale4 
15Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
16Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel3 
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC2 
18Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
19Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare2 
20Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
21Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream1 
22Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
23Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare1 
24Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
25Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank1 
26Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Teams classification
2Cervelo TestTeam0:00:09 
6CSF Group - Navigare  
7AG2R La Mondiale  
9Garmin - Slipstream  
10Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:31 
12Rapha Condor  
13Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:36 
14Team Columbia-HTC0:00:39 
15Team Halfords0:01:06 
16Team Katusha0:15:43 
17Joker Bianchi0:17:21 


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