BIDEFORD, England, Sept 17, 2009 (AFP) – Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed a fourth successive stage win to stretch his lead in the Tour of Britain standings to 19 seconds with two stages left to race.
The 22-year-old won a sprint finish at the end of the 183.7-km sixth stage in England’s west country and he will now expect to hold off second-placed Kai Reus over the course of Friday’s penultimate stage and the 92.5-km race to the finish in London on Saturday.
Germany’s Martin Reimer finished second in Thursday’s stage, just ahead of Britain’s Russell Downing.
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) 4h 5min 20sec, 2. Martin Reimer (GER), 3. Russell Downing (GBR), 4. Koldo Fernandez (ESP), 5. Pierpaolo De Negri (ITA), 6. Michele Merlo (ITA), 7. Christopher Sutton (AUS), 8. Reinier Honig (NED),9. Alan Marangoni (ITA), 10. Davide Appollonio (ITA) all at same time
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) 22h 17min 17sec, 2. Kai Reus (NED) at 19sec, 3. Martin Reimer (GER) 21, 4. Christopher Sutton (AUS) 24, 5. Russell Downing (GBR) 35, 6. Geraint Thomas (GBR) 36, 7. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA) 40,8. SimonClarke (AUS) at same time, 9. Reinier Honig (NED) 42, 10. Serge Pauwels (BEL) at same time