SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (AP) After two second-place finishes, Edvald Boasson Hagen finally got a stage victory at the 104th Tour de France.
The Norwegian caught the right breakaways on the race's longest stage and used all of his guile and strength to hold off chasers in the final stretch on Friday.
Boasson Hagen was part of a 20-man group that Chris Froome and Team Sky gave freedom to escape from the peloton because none of them presented a threat to his overall lead.
At the finish in Salon-de Provence, Boasson Hagen went right around a roundabout while others went left. His route proved shorter. That small lead and his strength on the flat made him uncatchable.
Froome's group, which included the main race contenders, was still riding as Boasson Hagen celebrated his win.
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