Attack on 17: Cycling Star Edvald Boasson Hagen Claims Second Stage Victory at Tour de France – Six of Top 10 Remain Oakley

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He may have been edged by fellow O star Thor Hushovd in the 16th stage. But this time, Edvald Boasson Hagen took it to the house.

Oakley’s Norwegian standout powered his way into a 14-man escape group on the 179km route as the race raged into Italy – then executed a decisive attack on the day’s final ascent with 11km left. Edvald sailed past Sylvan Chavanel and pulled away from the pack for a glorious Stage 17 victory.

He reached the summit of the Cote de Pramartino with a lead of around 20 seconds and fearlessly negotiated the 8km descent.

Saur-Sojasun’s Jonathan Hivert had been the charging rider closest to threatening Edvald. But he tumbled on the descent then lost control further down, entering a roadside driveway.

Meanwhile the insane battle for overall glory continued as reigning champion Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) attacked for the second day running on the final climb, taking Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek), yellow jersey holder Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and others, including Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and Ivan Basso (Liquiga), with him.

When all the dust settled from the storm, the final standings saw Voeckler’s general classification lead dwindle to a mere one minute and 18 seconds over Oakley’s Cadel Evans – with O’s Frank Schleck at 1:22, Andy Schleck at 2:26 and Samuel Sanchez at 2:59.

Rigoberto Urán – despite his finish eight seconds back on the Contador group – maintained his lead in the white jersey classification and 10th place overall.

“It was a really great day today,” Edvald said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “Felt a bit disappointed yesterday to not win. I really wanted the win today and I really tried to get into the break. My teammates did a great job to help me get into it.”
Mark Cavendish – maintaining his speedy form, retained the points classification leader’s green jersey. All in all, Oakley riders still hold six of the top 10 in the general classification.

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General
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 73h 23’ 49" 

2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 73h 25’ 07" + 01’ 18" OAKLEY

3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 73h 25’ 11" + 01’ 22" OAKLEY

4. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 73h 26’ 25" + 02’ 36" OAKLEY

5. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTELEUSKADI 73h 26’ 48" + 02’ 59" OAKLEY

6. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 73h 27’ 04" + 03’ 15" 

7. CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPREISD 73h 27’ 23" + 03’ 34" 

8. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 73h 27’ 38" + 03’ 49" 

9. DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMINCERVELO 73h 29’ 53" + 06’ 04" OAKLEY

10. URAN Rigoberto 118 SKY PROCYCLING 73h 31’ 25" + 07’ 36" OAKLEY

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

July 21, 2011

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