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LISIEUX, France (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway led a sprint to win the rain-splattered sixth stage of the Tour de France, while his countryman Thor Hushovd retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.



Stage 6 Results
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling - 5:13:37
2. Matthew Harley Goss HTC-Highroad
3. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo
4. Romain Feillu Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil Movistar Team
6. Arthur Vichot FDJ
7. Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto
8. Gerald Ciolek Quickstep Cycling Team
9. Marco Marcato Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
10. Arnold Jeannesson FDJ




General classification after Stage 6
1. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo - 22:50:34
2. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:00:01
3. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:00:04
4. David Millar Team Garmin-Cervelo - 0:00:08
5. Andreas Klöden Team RadioShack - 0:00:10
6. Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling
7. Geraint Thomas Sky Procycling - 0:00:12
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling
9. Jakob Fuglsang Leopard Trek
10. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek


Full results here..


Jersey Standings:
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Thor Hushovd
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Phillippe Gilbert
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Johnny Hoogerland
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Geraint Thomas

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"Boasson Hagen breaks Tour duck, Hushovd keeps yellow
By Justin Davis (AFP)

LISIEUX, France - Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed his and Team Sky's maiden Tour de France victory when he powered to victory in the race's sixth stage on Thursday.
Compatriot Thor Hushovd, of Garmin-Cervelo, finished third to retain the race leader's yellow jersey after 226.5km of racing from Dinan on the north coast to Lisieux in Normandy.

After the longest stage of the race, held in rainy conditions, Boasson Hagen proved the strongest from a bunch sprint that saw Australian Matt Goss of HTC-Highroad finish second.

Boasson Hagen only just squeezed into Team Sky's squad after he picked up a dose of shingles in the week leading to the July 2-24 race.

And despite being a key helper in Bradley Wiggins' bid for the yellow jersey, he repaid their faith by bringing the British outfit an historic first win in the world's premier cycling event.

"It was a goal when I started this Tour so it's great to finally achieve it," said Boasson Hagen, who hails from a small village north of Lillehammer." Read more from AFP...

"Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage for Sky
Edvald Boasson Hagen secured Team Sky's first Tour de France stage victory, in wet conditions on Wednesday.

Boasson Hagen was led out by team-mate Geraint Thomas in stage six as he stormed to his maiden Tour stage win.

"I am really happy," said Boasson Hagen. "I did a good sprint and Geraint did a really good lead out as well."

HTC-Highroad rider Matt Goss was second in the sprint finish, while Thor Hushovd retained the yellow jersey after finishing third.

The riders had to endure torrential rain at times on a punishing 226.5km stage from Dinan to Lisieux, the longest stage of this year's event.

The stage began with an attack by five riders. Anthony Roux (FDJ), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD), Johnny Hoogerland and Lieuwe Westra (both Vacansoleil) broke clear at the five-minute mark and at one point, the quintet established a lead of over 11 minutes." Read more from the BBC...

Photos by CorVos