Tour of Britain 5: Boasson Hagen wins again

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Team Columbia's Edval Boasson Hagen beat CSC-Saxo Bank's Matthew Goss to win Stage 5 of the 2008 Tour of Britain, a 168km run from Kingston-upon-Hull to Dalby Forest Thursday. France's Geoffroy Lequarte retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Boassen Hagen, a time-trial specialist, again outsprinted the field in sight of the line with Australia's Matt Goss, the winner of the second stage and Danilo di Luca behind him.

Lequarte (Agritubel) stayed in front with Britain's Steve Cummings (Barloworld) just six seconds adrift in second place. Goss's second-place finish kept him on top of the points competition.

"It was a difficult day and I really have to thank my team because they worked really hard to get me up to the front," said Boassen Hagen. "There were three guys who made a break early and without the help of my team I probably would not have been able to catch up with them. But once I joined the break then I was always confident that I could get the win. I didn't know the peleton was close behind me but it all worked out.

"I'm not sure whether or not I'll be able to get three in a row but I'll certainly be doing my best," he added.

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