Boonen breaks for victory

Tom Boonen retains his GP E3 title but in most untypical fashion, while Franco Pellizotti holds on a

Tom Boonen retains his GP E3 title but in most untypical fashion, while Franco Pellizotti holds on a
PIC BT TDWSPORT.COM Tom Boonen took a very untypical breakaway victory in Saturday's E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, going clear with T-Mobile's Andreas Klier on the Patersberg climb 60 kilometres from the finish and holding off a chasing group before beating the German in the two-up sprint. It was the Quick Step sprinter's fifth win of the season, and showed his growing confidence and form as the northern Classics come into view. When Boonen made his move with Klier, a group of chasers including Peter van Petegem, Nico Mattan, Steffen Wesemann and Erik Dekker was gathering behind the pair at the head of the race. "I was looking over my shoulder quite a lot," Boonen explained. "I had a feeling that at any moment one of the riders chasing us was going to get away from the group and catch up with us." The leading pair maintained an advantage of 20 seconds or so all the way into the closing couple of kilometres, when the chasers began to close him, but not before Boonen got the chance to unleash a winning burst. "I am very happy. I wanted to win today but I really didn't think my attack would continue for so many kilometres," said the Belgian. "I won this race last year. Today's race has been a great test for me in light of the Tour of Flanders. I had a chance today to see some of the opponents I'll be racing against on the roads there." 1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 200km in 4.42.54 (42.42kph) 2 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile 3 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.13 4 David Kopp (Ger) Wiesenhof 0.17 5 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 6 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile 0.22 7 Erik Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 0.33 8 Jeremy Hunt (GB) MrBookmaker.com 2.50 9 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile 10 Lars Michaelsen (Den) CSC - Franco Pellizotti won the Coppoi e Bartali stage race that finished in Sassuolo on Saturday. The final stage was won by LPR's Elio Aggiano, with Pellizotti finishing in the bunch that came in behind the breakaway group, 12 seconds clear of Mauro Facci overall. Stage 5, Castellarano-Sassuolo 1 Elio Aggiano (Ita) LPR 170km in 4.14.32 (40.07kph) 2 Alexandre Kychinski (Blr) Amore e Vita 0.03 3 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner 4 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Tenax 0.08 5 Alexandre Arekeev (Rus) Acqua e Sapone 6 Massimo Mazzanti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 7 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) Naturino 8 Juan Pablo Magallanes (Mex) Androni Giocattoli 1.26 9 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Flaminia 1.33 10 Maurizio Carta (Ita) Miche 1.34 Final overall 1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 21.21.32 2 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.12 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.28 4 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Panaria 0.32 5 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Naturino 0.36 6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria 0.38 7 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 0.53 8 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.03 9 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 1.21 10 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step
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