The Eneco Tour couldn’t be going better for Team Columbia – Edvald Boasson Hagen won the sixth stage, and team-mate Andre Greipel hung on to the race lead for another day.
Norway’s Boasson Hagen out-witted the other sprinters to take the stage into Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday. Jimmy Engoulvent (Credit Agricole) came in a very frustrated second, with Sergei Ivanov (Astana) third.
Britain’s only remaining rider – Roger Hammond (Columbia) – came in ninth, giving his team three riders in the top ten. Hammond has consistently finished in high placings throughout the race so far and is currently 23rd overall.
Greipel heads the leader board with a slim 11 second lead over last year’s winner Jose Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne).
One stage remains in the 2008 Eneco Tour – a decisive 18.8km out-and-back time trial in Mechelen, Belgium, on Wednesday (August 27)
ENECO TOUR 2008: STAGE SIX RESULTS
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia 186 km in 4h 7min 20secs
2. Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole
3. Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Astana
4. Andre Greipel (Ger) Columbia
5. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
6. Elia Rigotto (Ita) Milram
7. Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
8. Matthew Goss (Aus) CSC-Saxo Bank
9. Roger Hammond (GB) Columbia
10. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano all at same time.
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE SIX
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia in 26h 4min 46secs
2. Jose Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 11 secs
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto at 12 secs
4. Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step at 15secs
5. Michael Rogers (Aus) Columbia at 18secs
6. Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana at 18secs
7. Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank at 19secs
8. Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank at 21secs
9. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step at 22secs
10. Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano at 24secs
23. Roger Hammond (GB) Columbia at 46secs
Riders hit the Muur van Geraardsbergen on stage six
Boasson Hagen looks pleased with his win, Jimmy Engoulvent doesn’t look pleased with second
Stage six winner Edvald Boasson Hagen on the podium
Andre Greipel is the race leader going into the final stage
Photos by Luc Claessen
2008 ENECO TOUR STAGE REPORTS
2008 Eneco Tour photo gallery
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Stage four: Boonen wins again
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Stage two: Greipel takes Eneco Tour stage
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