Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen of the Columbia-HTC) team won the Eneco Tour cycling race on Tuesday after dominating the final stage, a 13km individual time-trial.
The 22-year-old finished ahead of France’s Sylvain Chavanel in the overall standings after the Frenchman clocked the fourth fastest time in the time-trial in the seven-stage ProTour race through Belgium and the Netherlands.
Dutch riders Sebastian Langeveld and Maarten Tjallingii finished second and third respectively in the technically difficult final run made even more challenging by the rain.
“It’s a fantastic achievement, my first in an important stage race. I’m very, very happy,” said Boasson Hagen. “On this wet road you had to be careful but I had to take some risks all the same to win.
“I was really confident because I was supported by a very strong Columbia team.”
It was the eighth victory this season for the Norwegian, including a stage of the Tour of Italy. He won the Gent-Wevelgem one-day race in April, and two stages of the Tour de Pologne this month. He is Norway’s time trial champion and won the Critérium International time trial in March.
He will not compete in the start of the Tour of Spain on Saturday in order to prepare for the final races of the season.
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© 2009 AFP