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Boasson Hagen takes stage in Polish tour

Norwegian ace Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) won the fourth stage of the Tour of Poland on Wednesday after outshining teammate André Greipel in a sprint finish. Greipel, wearing the race leader's jersey, finished second on the 239.7-kilometer stage from Naleczow to Rzeszow but was later relegated by race officials after impeding the sprint of Australia's Allan Davis.

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By Agence France Presse

Norwegian ace Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) won the fourth stage of the Tour of Poland on Wednesday after outshining teammate André Greipel in a sprint finish.

Greipel, wearing the race leader’s jersey, finished second on the 239.7-kilometer stage from Naleczow to Rzeszow but was later relegated by race officials after impeding the sprint of Australia’s Allan Davis.

The resulting officials’ decision meant Belgian Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto) and Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) were credited with second and third place finishes meaning Roelandts is the new race leader. Greipel dropped to fifth on GC.

Roelandts now leads Slovakian Borut Boziuc, and a handful of other riders including Greipel, by two seconds with the top 136 riders within a minute of Roelandts.

The 22-year-old Boasson Hagen said his victory had been unexpected.

“I tried to do the lead-out for André but things got a bit stressful in the last corner which was close to the finish,” Boasson Hagen said. “We almost crashed and I didn’t know afterwards if André was behind me or not, so I kept going.

“Finally, though, I got the win and it all worked out for the best.”

The race finishes on Saturday with a 136.5km ride from Rabka Zdroj to Krakow.

Results

Stage 4 Results

  • 1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Columbia-HTC in 5:25:55
  • 2. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel), Silence-Lotto
  • 3. Danilo Napolitano (Ita), Katusha
  • 4. Steve Chainel (Fra), BBox Bouygues Telecom
  • 5. Igor Abakoumov (Bel), ISD
  • 6. Robert Forster (Ger), Milram
  • 7. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank
  • 8. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita), Lampre – N.G.C.
  • 9. Sébastien Chavanel (Fra), Française Des Jeux
  • 10. Michal Golas (Pol), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling
  • 11. Aitor Galdos (Spa), Euskaltel – Euskadi
  • 12. Borut Bozic (Slo), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling
  • 13. Allan Davis (Aus), Quick Step
  • 14. Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra), BBox Bouygues Telecom
  • 15. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
  • 16. Michael Morkov (Den), Saxo Bank
  • 17. Sébastien Turgot (Fra), BBox Bouygues Telecom
  • 18. Pablo Lastras (Spa), Caisse d’Epargne
  • 19. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), ISD
  • 20. Christopher Sutton (Aus), Garmin – Slipstream

Overall Standings

  • 1. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel), Silence-Lotto
  • 2. Borut Bozic (Slo), Vacansoleil, at 0:02
  • 3. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita), Liquigas, at 0:02
  • 4. André Greipel (Ger), Columbia-HTC, at 0:02
  • 5. Angelo Furlan (Ita), Lampre-NGC, at 0:02
  • 6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Columbia-HTC, at 0:02
  • 7. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre-NGC, at 0:02
  • 8. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Katusha, at 0:02
  • 9. Björn Schröder (Ger), Milram at 0:00:04
  • 10. Olivier Kaisen (Bel), Silence-Lotto, at 0:05
  • 11. Allan Davis (Aus), Quick Step, at 0:06
  • 12. Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol), Poland Bank BGZ, at 0:06
  • 13. Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol), Poland Bank BGZ, at 0:06
  • 14. Dominik Roels (Ger), Milram, at 0:07
  • 15. Juan José Haedo (Arg), Saxo Bank, at 0:08
  • 16. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita), Lampre-NGC, at 0:09
  • 17. Anthony Roux (Fra), Française Des Jeux, at 0:09
  • 18. Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu), Astana, at 0:10
  • 19. Nicolas Rousseau (Fra), AG2R La Mondiale, at 0:11
  • 20. Wim De Vocht (Bel), Vacansoleil, at 0:11