Boonen takes win number three at the Eneco Tour on Monday, Petacchi confirms his Vuelta start, Gueri
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Discovery Channel’s George Hincapie held on to the red leader’s jersey at the Eneco Tour on Monday after six stages, which saw world champion Tom Boonen take his third stage win, following victories on stages one and four, proving that he’s back to winning ways after an unsatisfactory Tour de France. Boonen couldn’t defend the leader’s jersey on Sunday’s 16km time trial, won by Hincapie, but was able to win in his home town on Monday’s sixth stage to Balen. “It was a perfect sprint, and a perfect lead-out,” the Belgian smiled, adding: “It’s special to win in your home town.” Hincapie keeps the lead with two stages remaining. – Alessandro Petacchi will make his long-awaited return to a grand tour when he starts the Tour of Spain in Malaga on Saturday. The Milram rider will use the race as preparation for the world championship road race in Austria on September 24. A Vuelta non-starter has been announced in Cofidis’s David Moncoutie, who is suffering from tendonitis in his knee. – Giuseppe Guerini (T-Mobile) crashed on Friday’s third stage of the Regio Tour in Germany on Friday. A hairline fracture of his left collarbone is now likely to keep the Italian out of action for two weeks. “As far as we can tell, there’s no need for an operation,” T-Mobile doctor Andreas Schmid said. “Since the fracture is not displaced, we can expect a speedy recovery.” – Procycling ‘Fab Four’ member Tristan Hoffman will take the next step in his new career as a directeur sportif by moving from CSC to the revamped T-Mobile squad for next season. Hoffman is looking for a new challenge after seven years with the Danish squad, with 2006 having been his first in a managerial role. – TIAA-CREF’s Brad Huff took the Stars ‘n’ Stripes jersey at the USPRO criterium national championships in Downers Grove, Illinois, on Sunday, coming in second to Australian Hilton Clarke (Navigators), who was not eligible for the title as a non-US national. The women’s race was won by Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway) after favourite Tina Pic, of Colavita Olive Oil, crashed in the sprint for the line after tangling with Team Lipton’s Laura Van Gilder, who still managed to finish second.