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Boasson Hagen wins stage 17 of Tour de France

Updated: July 20, 2011, 11:33

Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, arrives for the start of the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 179 kilometers (110 miles) starting in Gap, France, and finishing in Pinerolo, Italy, Wednesday July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PINEROLO, Italy (AP) Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, the first of three in the Alps.

Boasson Hagen was in a chasing group that caught the lone leader, Ruben Perez Moreno of Spain, in the final miles into the Italian town of Pinerolo. He then broke away to finish alone, earning his second stage win of this race.

Second place went to Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands, after Frenchman Jonathan Hivert crashed on the perilous final descent of the Pramartino. Sandy Casar of France was third.

Defending champion Alberto Contador made repeated efforts to get away from his rivals, but was caught on each occasion. He finished in the same time as Cadel Evans, the Schleck brothers and Samuel Sanchez. The tour leader Thomas Voeckler lost 27 seconds.

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