By VN Interactive
Belgian Glenn D’Hollander of Lotto-Adecco held off a charging pack to win the third stage of the Etoile de Besseges stage race in France Friday. Italian Andrea Ferrigato, winner of the second stage on Thursday, maintained the overall lead with two days left in the five-day race.
D’Hollander attacked from a lead group of nine with 20km to go in the 148km race between Nimes and Fumades. The Belgian was nearly caught, but held on for the win. The on-form Australian, Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Adecco) finished second.
ETOILE DE BESSEGES, France. February 6-10.;;
1. Glenn D’Hollander (B), Lotto-Adecco, 148km in 3:29:42 (avg. 42.35 kph); 2. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Adecco; 3. Jo Planckaert (B), Cofidis; 4. Endrio Leoni (I), Alessio; 5. Lars Michaelsen (Dk), Coast; 6. Thor Hushovd (N), Credit Agricole; 7. Francois Simon (F), Bonjour; 8. Alberto Ongarato (I), De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa; 9. Nico Eeckhout (B), Lotto-Adecco; 10. Marcus Ljungvist (S), Fakta, all s.t.;;
1. Andrea Ferrigato (I), Alessio, 10:06;48; 2. McEwen, at 0:04; 3. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 0:07; 4. Frederic Guesdon (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 0:22; 5. Marcus Ljungvist (S), Fakta, at 0:23.