Hoste edges Eisel out at De Panne

Already winner of the first stage of the Three Days of De Panne, Discovery Channel's wraps up overal

Already winner of the first stage of the Three Days of De Panne, Discovery Channel's wraps up overal

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Discovery Channel's Leif Hoste took overall victory in the Three Days of De Panne on Thursday afternoon thanks to a winning performance in the closing 11.5km time trial. The Belgian finished 34 seconds ahead of Austrian Bernhard Eisel, whose lead was just four seconds going into the TT, where Discovery riders George Hincapie and Stijn Devolder finished second and third.

Probably the unluckiest rider in the time trial was Liberty Seguros' Luis Leon Sanchez, who punctured at the halfway point when 10 seconds up on Hoste's time. The Spaniard had to complete the TT on team-mate Andrei Kashechkin's bike as the Liberty riders were using the same equipment recently employed at the Criterium International. Sanchez did manage to claim third overall despite the setback.

The morning's road stage was won by Quick Step's Steven de Jongh, who took advantage of team leader Tom Boonen's decision not to start to show his own hand. The stage finished with a sprint on cobbles made even more treacherous than usual by rain. The presence of tram lines in the final metres increased the risk factor still further.

De Jongh went clear with team-mate Sebastien Rosseler and Lampre's Claudio Corioni, and beat the Italian in the sprint. Behind this trio, Danilo Napolitano's efforts to take fourth only led to him crashing and taking down several team-mates and race leader Eisel, who had beaten the Italian on Wednesday's stage to take the overall lead. None of those who fell are believed to be badly hurt.

Stage 2, Zottegem-Oostduinkerke

1 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Franaise des Jeux 227km in 5.34.14 (40.75kph)
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre
3 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Wiesenhof
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com
6 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
7 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Quick Step
8 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld
9 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) LPR
10 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi

Stage 3, De Panne-De Panne

1 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Quick Step-Innergetic 116km in 2.48.24 (41.33kph)
2 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre
3 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
4 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0.26
5 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.28
6 Jos Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.30
7 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
8 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step
9 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
10 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel

Stage 4, De Panne time trial

1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel 11.5km in 14.18 (48.25kph)
2 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 0.14
3 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.18
4 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0.26
5 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.30
6 Jos Rojas (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.34
7 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
8 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Franaise des Jeux
9 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Unibet.com 0.38
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre 0.40

Final overall standings

1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel 13.17.03
2 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Franaise des Jeux 0.30
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros 1.05
4 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 1.08
5 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 1.25
6 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Quick Step 1.34
7 Jos Rojas (Spa) Liberty Seguros 1.51
8 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 1.52
9 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre 2.15
10 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre 2.35

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