Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Farrar Takes Over Eneco Tour Lead With Stage 1 Sprint Win!
Garmin-Slipstream rider Tyler Farrar kept his hot streak alive on Wednesday with a win at Stage 1 of the Eneco Tour stage race in Belgium. The stage win gave the 25-year-old American the overall leader’s jersey in the eight-day stage race through Belgium and The Netherlands.

Farrar unleashed a devastating sprint to beat Belgian national champion Tom Boonen to the line in a sprint finish that was marred by a crash that took down a group of riders in the finishing stretch.

Farrar started the 184.5-kilometer stage from Aalter to Ardooie second overall after a strong prologue performance the day before. Wednesday’s win put him in the leader’s jersey. It was his second major win this week—he scored the biggest victory of his career just three days ago at the Vattenfalls Cyclassics ProTour race in Hamburg, Germany.

Meanwhile, Farrar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammate Bradley Wiggins finished with the main group and is now fifth overall in the Eneco Tour. After a fourth-place finish at the Tour de France last month, the Brit will be aiming for a high overall finish.

Eneco Tour, August 18-25
Belgium and The Netherlands

Stage 1
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 4:18:40       
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, same time       
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, same time            
4. Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank, same time            
5. Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram, same time

Overall standings
1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream, 4:23:26 
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step, at :04      
3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step, at 09      
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia-HTC, at :10      
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream, at 00:11