Bono wins stage as Boasson Hagen keeps lead
Sat, 13 Aug 17:05:00 2011
A three-man breakaway on the 189.2km route, which also began in Genk, saw Kazakh Sergey Renev (Astana) cross the line with the same four hour 12 minute time as Italian Bono while Russian Artem Ovechkin (Katusha) was three seconds off the pace.
Boasson Hagen's 12-second advantage over Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), earned during the last stage, remains intact after this penultimate stage.
Gilbert was fourth in the opening intermediate sprint after 20.2km, with Andre Greipel taking it ahead of Phinney and Ben Swift (Team Sky).
Ovechkin, Renev and Bono then pulled away and shared the other two sprints - after 132km and 149km - and hung on in the final 20km as the rain came down during the ninth and final climb.
Bono had not won since 2007.
Tour of Benelux : last min
The chasing group, six seconds behind Bono and Renev, were led by Tomas Vaitkus (Astana). Phinney was highest-placed of the GC contenders in 10th, a further second back with Radioshack's Robbie McEwen sharing his time in ninth.
Denis Galimzyanov, Kenny van Hummel and Jacopo Guarnieri occupied positions six to eight.
The final stage is a 201.2km route featuring a good deal of the Amstel Gold Race - including 22 climbs - which Gilbert has won for the last two years.Eurosport