Hammond second in stage three of Franco-Belge, third overall

Roger Hammond, Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage five

Roger Hammond (Cervélo) got his closest yet to a stage win in the Circuit Franco-Belge  race with a second place on stage three taken Tom Boonen (Quick Step). Up-and-coming American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) was third.

Eighth on the first day's bunch sprint, on stage three from Antoing to Ichtegem Hammond formed part of a seven-rider group that crossed the line six seconds ahead of the main bunch.

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