Garmin-Slipstream rider Tyler Farrar maintained his overall lead at the Eneco Tour stage race in Belgium on Friday with a second-place finish in Stage 3. Farrar finished the day with a 10-second GC advantage over stage winner Tom Boonen, now second overall.
A three-man breakaway escaped early, but Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammates controlled the race and began chasing them down with 70 kilometers to go in the 158-kilometer stage from Niel to Hasselt. The break was finally reeled in 3 kilometers from the finish and Garmin-Slipstream put Farrar in position to contest the sprint.
Farrar’s British teammate Bradley Wiggins also held his GC position, and now sits fifth overall, 27 seconds back. With hilly terrain and a final stage time trial ahead next Tuesday, Wiggins is in good position to fight for the overall victory.
Farrar will try to hold on to the leader's jersey for another day on Saturday as Stage 4 takes riders 221 kilometers from Hassalt, Belgium, to Libramont.
Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands
1. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, 3:43:19
2. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, same time
3. Francisco Chicchi (Ita), Liquigas, same time
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa), Caisse d’Epargne, same time
5. Alexei Markov (Rus), Team Katusha, same time
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 12:24:22
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at 0:10
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at 0:19
4. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 0:25
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:27