July 20 2011
Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen won the Tour de France’s 17th stage on Wednesday, his second win of this year’s race.
Boasson Hagen finished 40 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Netherlands Bauke Mollema and. The win comes after his sixth stage win and his narrow loss in Tuesday’s 16th stage.
The race is expected to be decided during the next two days, with the 169 remaining riders facing a difficult 200.5km on Thursday from Pinerolo to the giant Galibier. With two tough climbs prior to the Galibier, it’s possible that Frenchman Voeckler could lose the race lead he has held since stage nine.
Outside the race, Alexandr Kolobnev tested positive for an adverse analytical finding (possible doping). Kolobnev withdrew on July 11 and cycling’s ruling body the UCI, is expected to request the Russian cycling federation to open a disciplinary proceeding against him.
Paolo Tiralongo, of Italy, riding for Pro Tram Astana withdrew from the race – he is the 29th to withdraw.
The leaders in the various standings are as follows: