Lars Boom wins Eneco Tour after "battle of the Flemish Ardennes"

Dutchman Lars Boom (Rabobank) has taken the final victory in the Eneco Tour, a 7-day stage race in cycling. Boom came second in the final stage, which ended in Geraardsbergen as Alessandro Ballan took the day's prize.
Lars Boom comes second in the final sprint in Geraardsbergen, but shows his fist as he knows he takes the overall victory.

The stage race was held in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Netherlands had the opening stage last Monday, while Belgium had the final stage, a tough race through the heart of the Flemish Ardennes to the city of Geraardsbergen. In between, there were finishes in Sittard (NL), Genk (B), Bergen op Zoom (NL), Aalter (B) and Ardooie (B) this week.

Lars Boom snatched the leader's jersey from Svein Tuft of Canada in the final stage as Tuft was hampered by technical problems before the Eikenmolen climb. The riders had to climb the Wall of Geraardsbergen twice and finished halfway the climb on the Vesten in the city centre. Boom set up a breakaway with Italy's Alessandro Ballan, with the Italian winning the final sprint to take the day's prize. The first Belgian in the final standings is Jan Bakelants in 10th position.