For a second day in a row the Italians made the running in the Three Days de La Panne, with fastman Daniele Bennati (Lampre) clinching the bunch sprint which decided the 227 kilometre stage. His compatriot Luca Paolini (Liquigas) continues to lead overall.

Riding into a strong headwind at the finish at Koksijde, Bennati accelerated from a long way out, just fending off Australian Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Lithuanian Tomas Vaitkus (Discovery Channel).

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