Boonen Wins Stage 3 of Eneco Tour
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has won his second stage of the Eneco Tour.
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has won his second stage of the Eneco Tour. The world road race champion took a bunch sprint from Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel) and Baden Cooke (Unibet.com) to win the 185-km run from Beek, The Netherlands to Westmalle, Belgium in 4:05:56. Boonen remains the overall leader.
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The hostilities began early. One km into the race, Gorka Gonzalez (Euskaltel) attacked, but Rik Reinerink (Skil) countered. Within a few km, Erwin Thijs (Unibet.com) and Bert Roesems (Davitamon) joined the break, which ran up a 4:50 lead by 20 km.
The peloton kept the escapees on a short leash and reeled them in slowly. The break?s advantage fell to 3:00 at 110 km, 2:00 at 129 km, and 1:00 at 155 km. The field was together at 170 km.
Jan Kuyckx (Davitamon) went off of the front, but the peloton, which was led by Milram and Quick Step, reeled him in. Discovery Channel joined Milram and Quick Step at the front, and the American squad led the field into the last km, but Boonen had third wheel. He had intended to lead out teammates Steven De Jongh and Wouter Weylandt, but the pair lost his wheel. With van Heeswijk bidding for victory, Boonen had no choice but to sprint for the win.
In the overall, Boonen leads Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) by 0:11 and Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) by 0:13. Stage 4 should change the standings. The rolling, technical, 16.1-km time trial in Landgraaf, The Netherlands should see Boonen lose his overall lead. To whom will he lose it? Schumacher? Hincapie? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!