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Boasson Hagen makes amends

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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) leads a large group

Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) leads a large group (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole)

Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) makes adjustments to his bike.

Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) makes adjustments to his bike. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) adds a note with the sprints and climbs to his stem.

Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) adds a note with the sprints and climbs to his stem. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The Caisse d'Epargne team bikes await the day's action.

The Caisse d'Epargne team bikes await the day's action. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Simon Gerrans (Credit Agricole) heads to the start of stage six.

Simon Gerrans (Credit Agricole) heads to the start of stage six. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Riders await the start of stage six.

Riders await the start of stage six. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Elia Rigotto (Milram) was the first to attack.

Elia Rigotto (Milram) was the first to attack. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Elia Rigotto (Milram) wasn't able to make his attack at kilometre 24 stick.

Elia Rigotto (Milram) wasn't able to make his attack at kilometre 24 stick. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The peloton in full flight after the attack of Rigotto.

The peloton in full flight after the attack of Rigotto. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) counters.

Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) counters. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) leads a large group of 19 riders in the first breakaway.

Sebastien Rosseler (Quick Step) leads a large group of 19 riders in the first breakaway. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The fight to hold off the peloton was too much for some.

The fight to hold off the peloton was too much for some. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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David Kopp (Collstrop) made the first break, but was sent back to the field with all the attacks.

David Kopp (Collstrop) made the first break, but was sent back to the field with all the attacks. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Caisse d'Epargne missed the move along with Silence Lotto, and gave chase.

Caisse d'Epargne missed the move along with Silence Lotto, and gave chase. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The Caisse d'Epargne riders put in a strong effort to bring the break back.

The Caisse d'Epargne riders put in a strong effort to bring the break back. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The escape group was whittled down to nine riders.

The escape group was whittled down to nine riders. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole) was one of the nine who made the break.

Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole) was one of the nine who made the break. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Leif Hoste (Silence Lotto) also made the break.

Leif Hoste (Silence Lotto) also made the break. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The break worked smoothly together but couldn't crack the three minute mark in its lead on the peloton.

The break worked smoothly together but couldn't crack the three minute mark in its lead on the peloton. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner) was another rider hoping to keep the break clear.

Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner) was another rider hoping to keep the break clear. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The peloton, however, had other ideas.

The peloton, however, had other ideas. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) cemented his lead in the KOM competition by making the break.

Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) cemented his lead in the KOM competition by making the break. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) goes for one of the mountain sprints.

Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) goes for one of the mountain sprints. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The break wasn't fighting Goesinnin for the points.

The break wasn't fighting Goesinnin for the points. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The peloton had the chase under control.

The peloton had the chase under control. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) got the stage win.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) got the stage win. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) gets the flowers for winning stage six.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) gets the flowers for winning stage six. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) made up for a bad day on Monday by winning the stage.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) made up for a bad day on Monday by winning the stage. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Andre Greipel (Team Columbia) heads to the podium for another leader's jersey presentation.

Andre Greipel (Team Columbia) heads to the podium for another leader's jersey presentation. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Andre Greipel (Team Columbia) still leads by 11 seconds over last year's winner, Jose Ivan Gutierrez.

Andre Greipel (Team Columbia) still leads by 11 seconds over last year's winner, Jose Ivan Gutierrez. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Another jersey for Greipel.

Another jersey for Greipel. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto) spent another day in the sprint leader's jersey.

Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto) spent another day in the sprint leader's jersey. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto) took over the jersey after Boonen's departure.

Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto) took over the jersey after Boonen's departure. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) was happy to get revenge for getting dropped the previous day.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) was happy to get revenge for getting dropped the previous day. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) takes the sprint in Brussels.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia) takes the sprint in Brussels. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Columbia made up for his error of the day before and won the sprint in the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour. Putting in a last minute burst of speed, he managed to get by a frustrated Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole), who pounded his handlebars in anger at being beaten, and Sergei Ivanov of Astana. Boasson Hagen's team-mate André Greipel held on to the leader's jersey.

Until Monday's stage, the 21 year-old Norwegian had been in second place overall only seconds behind his team-mate, but he dropped out of contention when he ended up on the wrong side of a split in the peloton on stage five and lost nearly 15 minutes.

"This is kind of revenge for what happened yesterday," Boasson Hagen said. "It was a real pity to lose so much time and so any chance of overall victory. I took the sprint and became leader on the road, but then I went a bit too far back in the peloton and they attacked at the front. I tried to chase but it was impossible and so I lost a lot of time."

Engoulvent was part of a nine-man escape group which got away about 30 km into the race, and very nearly made it to the end. The peloton didn't catch the group until within the final kilometers, and even then the French rider attacked again and had hopes of winning until the speedy Viking pulled past him to take the win.

How it unfolded

Only 111 riders took to the start in Maldegen, after Sebastian Siedler of Skil-Shimano and Dennis Haueisen (Milram) did not start. The field took off from the Markt in Maldgem for a 4.6 km neutralized start.

Again today the speed stayed high, but not high enough to prevent a 19-rider strong group from getting away after 42 km. Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), Bram Tankink (Rabobank), Sébastien Rosseler (Quick Step), Benoît Joachim (Astana), Berik Kupeshov (Astana), Michael Rogers (Team Columbia), Andreas Klier (Team Columbia), Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano), Robert Wagner (Skil-Shimano), Luca Barla (Team Milram), Frederik Willems (Liquigas), David Kopp (Cycle Collstrop), Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole), Jerome Coppel (Française Des Jeux), Frank Hoj (Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone), Romain Villa (Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone), Lars Ytting Bak (Team CSC) and Matteo Bono (Lampre) got away for a few kilometres.

But the group was large and since Silence-Lotto didn't have anyone in it, so they gave chase. After several re-groupings, a new escape formed of Goesinnen, Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner), Leif Hoste (Silence-Lotto), Bram de Groot (Rabobank), Mauro Da Dalta (Liquigas), Marco Marcato (Cycle Collstrop), Anders Lund (CSC), Frank Hoj (Cofidis) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole).

The group built up a lead of 2'45", with Marcato taking the "virtual" leader's jersey during the day. But the sprinters' teams weren't ready to lose their last chance in the race, and began to chase. The peloton split on the Putberg, a climb only 17 km before the finish.

Despite the hard chase, it looked as if the escapees might just make it after all. With 3 km to go they had 20 seconds. They weren't caught until they were inside the final kilometre. Engoulvent went for the win after his long escape, but Edvald Boasson Hagen came around at the last minute to steal the victory, leaving the Frenchman to pound his handlebars in frustration.

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