April 01, 2012

Tom Boonen has won the Tour of Flanders for the third time in his career, beating Filippo Pozzato and Alessandro Ballan in a three-way sprint on Sunday.

On the penultimate climb, the three broke away with 18 kilometers 12 miles to go. In an open sprint to the line, Boonen held a bike-length margin over Pozzato for his first Tour of Flanders win since 2006.

Crashes marked the final stages of the classic, and favorite Fabian Cancellara was the biggest victim.

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