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Boasson Hagen claims Britain's third stage

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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