Edvald Boasson Hagen takes 17th stage win at Tour de France

Added by on July 20, 2011

Boasson Hagen wins stage 17

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:

  • Overall: Thomas Voekler of France at 73h 23min 49sec
  • Points: Mark Cavendish with 320 points
  • King of the Mountains: Jelle Vanendert with 74pts
  • Team: TeamGarmin -Cervelo with 219h 41min 46sec
  • Youth: Rigoberto Uran with 73h 31min 25sec