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Boasson Hagen ends Tour of Oman with time trial win

Left to right: Boasson Hagen, Cancellara and Cameron Meyer
Hagen (left) celebrates with Cancellara and third-placed Cameron Meyer

Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed victory in the final time trial to take second place in the Tour of Oman.

The Norwegian won the stage by 17 seconds, ahead of world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara, the overall winner by a margin of 28 seconds.

Boasson Hagen's time took him from fifth to second in the standings and was also enough to see him win the points and young riders' competitions.

He had already managed a stage win and two podium finishes this week.

Going into Thursday's fourth stage, Boasson Hagen led the race, before losing his advantage in controversial fashion after taking a toilet break.

Italy's Daniele Bennati won a sprint finish to take the overall lead going into Friday's final stage, but could only finish 10th in the time trial, finishing one minute 20 seconds off the pace.

Team Sky's Sports director Steven de Jongh was full of praise for Boasson Hagen's performance.

"It was an amazing ride," he said.

"He made a really fast start - and there was some climbing early on too - so he took a lot of seconds there and also in the downhill sections. It was an excellent time trial all round."

Tour of Oman stage six result:

1 E Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky ( 25:58)
2 F Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank (@17 secs)
3 C Meyer (Aus) Garmin (@45 secs)
4 M Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia (@48 secs)
5 A Ovechkin (Rus) Katyusha (@:1:01)

Tour of Oman final standings:

1 F Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank (16:02:52)
2 E Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky (@28 secs)
3 C Meyer (Aus) Garmin (@28 secs)
4 M Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia (@31 secs)
5 D Bennati (Ita) Liquigas (@47 secs)

Selected others:

9 G Thomas (GB) Team Sky (@1:20)
39 R Hammond (GB) Cervelo (@2.00)
55 I Stannard (GB) Team Sky (@2.18)

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see also
Boonen closes gap in Tour of Oman
18 Feb 10 |  Cycling
Boasson Hagen takes lead in Oman
15 Feb 10 |  Cycling
Boasson Hagen impresses in Oman
14 Feb 10 |  Cycling
Team Sky aiming high
18 Jan 10 |  Cycling
On board the Team Sky bus
04 Feb 10 |  Cycling

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