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Boasson Hagen has slim lead ahead of Eneco’s final stage


Italy’s Matteo Bono, right, celebrates winning the fifth stage of the Eneco Tour on Saturday in Genk, Belgium.

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Italy’s Matteo Bono of Lampre won the fifth stage of the Eneco Tour in Genk, Belgium, on Saturday as Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky maintained the overall lead.

Bono was part of a three-man group, along with Russia’s Artem Ovechkin and Kazakhstan’s Sergey Renev, which broke away midway through the stage, opening up a gap of three minutes on the peloton.

Bono won from Renev, while Ovechkin was third, with the trio just holding off the peloton’s attempted fightback.

Lithuania’s Tomas Vaitkus came in fourth, just six seconds adrift of the breakaway.

Bono claimed the fourth win of his career and first since 2008.

Boasson Hagen remains in the overall lead and is 12 seconds ahead of Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert, with Scotland’s David Millar a further three seconds back.

The sixth and final stage is 201km from Sittard to Geleen in the southern Netherlands, on a route similar to that taken by the Amstel Gold Race.

This should suit Gilbert, who has won the spring classic in each of the past two years.

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