Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen powered away in the final straight to clinch the rainy seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday.

The Team Columbia rider, second on Thursday, came in ahead of South Africa's Robert Hunter and Russian Pavel Brutt.

Stage 7 Results
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - Highroad - 5.56.53
2 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
4 Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
5 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
6 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD - 0.31
7 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - 0.40
8 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
9 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha

General Classification After Stage 7
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini - 28.08.48
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad - 0.05
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad - 0.36
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0.43
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 0.50
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas - 1.06
7 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team - 1.16
8 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana - 1.17
9 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas - 1.27
10 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 1.41

Full Results here

Jersey Standings:
- Danilo Di Luca
- Danilo Di Luca
- Danilo Di Luca
- Thomas Lövkvist

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"Boasson Hagen the big boss of Chiavenna And set to move out of Hushovd's shadow
By Anthony Tan in Chiavenna, Italy

If you tried saying his name ten times over, you might find your tongue twisted. But if there's one rider to remember for the future, it's Friday's winner of the Giro's seventh stage to Chiavenna, Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The 21-year-old - who is two days short of his 22nd birthday - Norweigan's physical features and pathway to success bears an strong resemblance to that of his countryman, Thor Hushovd, 10 years his senior.

In height, they're within two centimetres of each other, though Hushovd has a few kilos on him. Both have been national road and time trial champions, their natural strength soon translating to field sprints and Belgian Classics-style road races. And while Hushovd's palmarès is littered with many more victories of note, Boasson Hagen's April victory in Gent-Wevelgem this season - coming seven years earlier than Hushovd - demonstrated he's got the goods to emulate - perhaps even surpass - "The God of Thunder"." Read more from

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