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Curran wins in English style

Paul Curran gave notice of his intentions in the Hainaut Tour yesterday. The Dutchman Harry Rozendal has come to within 32secs of the yellow jersey.

Can Paul Curran, our race favorite, still win the Hainaut Tour organized by the ACHO under the sponsorship of our paper. The British rider yesterday made a great effort on the stage to Amougies while the leading group, which had formed on the slopes of the Ellezelles (97km) under the attendance of the Dutchman HarryRozenal, who had once more surprised the yellow jersey of our compatriot Jan Mattheus.

Curran went off like a shot and in a powerful and sustained style he rapidly got clear, but had he miscalculated his attack?

You need others to motivate a commonwealth champion. Moreover, Curran knew well the secrets of the Enclus. He had had already won there alone 2 years earlier, but this time in fact thanks to his exploits he moved up to 4th in the general classification at 1min 10sec of Mattheus.

Stage 8: Estaimpuis - Amougies

1. Curran Paul, (GB), 4 h 02'36"
2. Vancraeynest Eddy, (Fl. Occ) at 51secs
3. Krzyzostanik Robert (Pol) at 1min 9secs
4. Ludwiniak Zbigniew (Pol)
5. Dufrasne Guy (Ht)
6. Goense Antoine (Hol)
7. Schoovaerts Patrick (Bel)
8. Rozendal Harry (Hol)
9. Alaerts Danny (Bel. Mil)
10. Sadlo Vladimir (Tch) all st.

Points Classification

1. Curran Paul 40 pts
2. Ludwiniak Zbigniew 40 pts
3. Dubreuil Michel 32 pts
4. Zaikov Christov 24 pts
5. Dierickx Luc 16 pts
6. Alaerts Danny 13 pts
7. Leysen Bart. 13 pts
8. De Wael Patrick 13 pts
9. Dufrasne Guy 11 pts
10. Rozendal Harry 10 pts

King of the Mountains

1. Rozendal Harry 80 pts
2. Curran Paul 55 pts
3. Alaerts Danny 50 pts
4. Dufrasne Guy 32 pts
5. Manin Christophe 20 pts
6. Jiskra Joroslav 10 pts
7. Carbayeda Echeverria Xabier 10 pts
8. Vanbrussel Laurent 10 pts
9. Mattys Eric 10 pts
10. Zaikov Christov 5 pts