By Agence France Presse
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) won the third stage of the Eneco Tour at Hasselt, Belgium, on Friday, edging out overall leader Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Slipstream in a sprint finish which saw Italian Francesco Chicchi take third spot.
“I had earmarked this stage and it’s super to have won it,” said Boonen. “It was really nice today to have been riding in my home region. We went right past my parents’ place and my village, my house, my training ground.”
“The four weeks off after the Tour de France have really done me good. I expected a couple of bad days this week but actually things are going great,” Boonen added.
The Belgian is now only 10 seconds behind Farrar, who won the opening two stages and placed second in the prologue.
Norwegian Edval Boasson Hagen (Columbia) is third overall, 19 seconds off the pace and six seconds clear of prologue winner Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step).
Saturday’s fourth stage in the ProTour event between Belgium and the Netherlands is a 221km ride from Hasselt to Libramont.