Boasson Hagen extends winning streak to four

Columbia-HTC rider extends lead with sprint domination

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) won his fourth stage in four days in another bunch gallop on the Quays in Bideford. The Columbia-HTC team put on a show of strength over the rolling terrain on Exmoor and now the Norwegian sits firmly at the top of the list of overall winner contenders.

"We kept things pretty much together until 2km to go," said Boasson Hagen. "They I jumped on the Rabobank wheels until the last corner when a Cervelo rider came past me and I got a nice lead out from him. I just had to go full gas. We were riding on the front all day and I don't think the other teams wanted to disturb us. I'm glad there were not more attacks. We were riding fast and maybe they didn't see the point of attacking."

Boasson Hagen was asked if he could make it six victories on Friday's stage to Yeovil. "I will try to win again tomorrow but we will see," he said. "The team has worked so hard this week and it will be hard tomorrow and also the World's are coming and I don't want to kill them before that. We have won four stages and the yellow jersey and we are happy with that so we will see at our team meeting."

Today's stage set off in warm and sunny conditions from the Somerset town of Frome and the day was again marked by a long breakaway attempt. Serge Pauwels (Cervélo Test Team) had attacked early in the stage and was joined by Geraint Thomas (Barloworld), Ian Stannard (ISD-Neri), Ben Swift (Katusha) and mountains and sprints leader Thomas De Gendt (TopSport – Vlaanderen).

The lead built to over three minutes with Columbia and CSF Navigare making most of the pace at the head of the bunch. It looked like the break would stay away this time when they still had a 30 second lead with 5km to go despite losing Swift on the run in. Columbia-HTC stamped its authority on the race again and brought field together again to contest the sprint.

Boasson Hagen went with 200m to go and had time to punch the air as he crossed the finish line ahead of Martin Reimer (Cervélo Test Team) and Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls).

Boasson Hagen now leads the race by 19 seconds over Kai Reus (Rabobank) who finished in the bunch and Reimer is now third at 21 seconds. Boasson also leads on points and De Gendt did enough today to secure the mountains title outright and still leads the sprint category.

Tomorrow is the last chance for any of the teams to challenge Columbia-HTC's supremacy and take time on Boasson Hagen. Sunday's criterium stage result is not expected to affect the general classification in any great degree.

De Gendt explained the TopSport – Vlaanderen team tactics. "The team leader said it would be useful if I had some more points in the mountains competition," said De Gendt. "We figured out that if I won the first two climbs today, then I could not be caught in that competition. There were five of us in the break and we all worked together. I had the right guys with me."

Geraint Thomas explained how the breakaway group developed. "I was at the back when I saw the group going," said Thomas. "We wanted to put Columbia under pressure and get them to ride all day on the front and because I was in the break and they would have to keep us in check. They will all be a bit tired now.

"I didn't believe the break would stay away until about 4km to go. We gave it a good shot. I gambled a bit as well. I didn't pull flat out. I wanted to bluff it a bit but that's bike racing and you have to gamble sometimes."

"I have been feeling good on the climbs and I just wanted to keep the pressure on because Stannard and Swifty can get a bit soft and I wanted to let them know I'm still around," joked Thomas.


Full Results
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC4:05:20 
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
4Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
5Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
6Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld  
7Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream  
8Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
9Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
10Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team  
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
12Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor  
15Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
16Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
17Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
18Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
19Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank  
20Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
21Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
23Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
25Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
26Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
27Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
28Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
29Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
30Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
31Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
32Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
33Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords  
34Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
35Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
36Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
37Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld  
38Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords  
39Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
40Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
41Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
42Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
43Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
44Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
45Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
46Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
48Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
49Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
50Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
51Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
52Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor  
53Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
54Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
56Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
57Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
58Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
60Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
61Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
62Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
63Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
65Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
66Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
67James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
68Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
69Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
70Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
71Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha  
72Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
73Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
74Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
75Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor  
76Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
77Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
78Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
79Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
80Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:30 
81Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:48 
82Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:08 
83Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:15 
84Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:45 
85Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC  
86Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords0:10:35 
87Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
88Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
89Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords  
90Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
91Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
92Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
93Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFFreddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
DNFSvein Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
Sprint 1 - Bridgwater
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team2 
4Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
Sprint 2 - Wiveliscombe
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team2 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha1 
Sprint 3 - Barnstable
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld5pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team2 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha1 
Mountain 1 - (Cat 2) Cothelstone Hill
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team5 
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld4 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha3 
5Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri2 
6Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare1 
Mountain 2 - (Cat 3) Devil's Elbow
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator4pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team3 
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld2 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha1 
Mountain 3 - (Cat 1) Winsford Hill
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator10pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team8 
3Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri6 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha5 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld4 
6Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC3 
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC2 
8Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Most aggressive rider
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
1Cervelo TestTeam12:16:00 
2CSF Group - Navigare  
7Joker Bianchi  
8Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
9Team Halfords  
10AG2R La Mondiale  
11Garmin - Slipstream  
12Rapha Condor  
15Team Columbia-HTC  
16Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
17Team Katusha  
General classification after stage 6
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC22:17:17 
2Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:00:19 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:21 
4Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:24 
5Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:00:35 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld0:00:36 
7Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:00:40 
8Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri  
9Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:42 
10Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team  
11Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
12Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:00:44 
13Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor0:00:45 
14Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
15Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
16Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
17Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
19Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
20Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
21Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri  
22Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
23Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
24Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:50 
25Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53 
26Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:56 
27Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
28Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
29Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
30Mauro Finetto (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
31Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor  
32Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
33Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords  
34Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
35Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
36Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
37Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
38Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
39Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Bartozs Huzarsky (Pol) ISD-Neri  
41Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor  
42Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
44Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
45Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
46Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
47Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
48Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
50Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
51Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:59 
53Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team0:01:02 
54Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:25 
55Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:38 
56Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:01:42 
57Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:01:43 
58Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:54 
59Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
60Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:57 
61Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:11 
62Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:31 
63Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:03:41 
64Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:04:36 
65Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords0:12:06 
66Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:13:14 
67Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords0:15:57 
68Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha0:16:19 
69Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha0:16:42 
70Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld0:17:23 
71Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:17:28 
72Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords0:17:46 
73Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi  
74Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor0:18:01 
75Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:18:56 
76Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:19:54 
77Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:20:58 
78Josu Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:59 
79Sondre Gjerdevik Sörtveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:28:21 
80Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor  
81Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:32:58 
82Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
83Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:33:09 
84James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT  
85Emilien Benoit Berges (Fra) Agritubel  
86Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
87Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:40:13 
88Simon Holt (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT0:43:33 
89Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:43:43 
90Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:43:44 
91Edward Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords  
92Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor0:51:50 
93Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords0:58:55 
Points classification
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC73pts
2Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream65 
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT64 
4Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team48 
5Michele Merlo (Ita) Barloworld48 
6Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri36 
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi32 
8Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team30 
9Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi26 
10Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo Test Team22 
11Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT20 
12Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha18 
13Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha18 
Mountains classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator60pts
2Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare22 
3Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team22 
4Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team19 
5Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team17 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld16 
7Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri16 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale16 
9Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor16 
10Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare14 
11Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel14 
12Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor13 
13Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
14Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC10 
15Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha9 
16Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha9 
17Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team8 
18Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri8 
19Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel6 
20Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank5 
21Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale5 
22Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC5 
23Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC3 
24Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT3 
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3 
26Ian Bibby (GBr) Team Halfords3 
27Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld2 
28Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld2 
29Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
30Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1 
31Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
32Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare1 
33Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Sprint classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator48pts
2Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team24 
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld15 
4Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank11 
5Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare10 
6Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team9 
7Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD-Neri8 
8Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8 
9Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6 
10Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team6 
11Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team6 
12Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale5 
14Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor5 
15Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV- Pinarello RT4 
16Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R La Mondiale4 
17Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi4 
18Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel3 
19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC2 
20Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
21Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare2 
22Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream2 
23Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha2 
24Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD-Neri1 
25Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream1 
26Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld1 
27Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare1 
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC1 
29Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank1 
30Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Teams classification
2Cervelo TestTeam0:00:09 
6CSF Group - Navigare  
8AG2R 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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