Boasson Hagen wins TDF Stage 19

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data website)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data website)

Salon-de-Provence - Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen won his third Tour de France stage and first in six years on Friday's 19th stage from Embrun to Salon de Provence as Chris Froome edged closer to overall victory.

Boasson Hagen, who was edged out in a photo finish by Marcel Kittel on the seventh stage, was part of a 20-man breakaway but made a winning solo bid inside the final 3km as Nikias Arndt came second and Jens Keukeleire third.

Briton Froome kept hold of the race leader's yellow jersey ahead of Saturday's decisive time-trial in Marseille after a leisurely stroll in the saddle for the peloton.

Frenchman Romain Bardet remains second at 23 seconds with Rigoberto Uran of Colombia third at 29 seconds.

The large group of escapees broke clear early on in the 222.5km stage - the longest of this year's race - that started in the Alps before ending close to the Mediterranean.

Reigning champion Froome's Sky team-mates at the front of the peloton showed no interest in chasing them down and so the gap gradually increased to over 10 minutes.

Inside the final 20km, an attack from Belgian Keukeleire, who was voted the most combative rider of the day, split the lead group with a front nine forming.

And the winning move came just inside the final 3km when the nine riders came to a roundabout.

Seven went around to the left, which proved to be the longer route, while Arndt and Boasson Hagen stuck to the shorter right side, emerging with a clear lead of several bike lengths.

Arndt pushed hard and then moved over to let Boasson Hagen take the lead, but the Norwegian simply rode the German off his wheel and powered on to the finish to win by five seconds, with Keukeleire leading home the other seven 17sec back.

The trundling Sky-led peloton arrived 12 and a half minutes after their former team-mate.

Saturday's 22.5km time-trial around Marseille offers Bardet and Uran one last chance to try to dethrone three-time winner Froome, who is widely considered the best time-trialist of the three.

Results in the Tour de France 19th stage from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence on Friday:

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 5h06:09.

2. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) at 0:05.

3. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ORI) 0:17.

4. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 0:17.

5. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 0:17.

6. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:17.

7. Elie Gesbert (FRA/TFO) 0:17.

8. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM) 0:17.

9. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) 0:19.

10. Pierre-Luc Périchon (FRA/TFO) 1:32.

11. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 1:37.

12. Ben Swift (GBR/EAU) 1:37.

13. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/QST) 1:37.

14. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 1:37.

15. Romain Hardy (FRA/TFO) 1:37.

16. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 1:37.

17. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/KAT) 1:37.

18. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 1:37.

19. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 1:37.

20. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 1:37.

21. Christian Knees (GER/SKY) 12:27.

22. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 12:27.

23. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 12:27.

24. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 12:27.

25. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 12:27.

26. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 12:27.

27. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 12:27.

28. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 12:27.

29. Cyril Gautier (FRA/ALM) 12:27.

30. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 12:27.

31. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 12:27.

32. Axel Domont (FRA/ALM) 12:27.

33. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 12:27.

34. Damien Howson (AUS/ORI) 12:27.

35. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/ORI) 12:27.

36. Mathias Frank (SUI/ALM) 12:27.

37. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 12:27.

38. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 12:27.

39. Pierre Latour (FRA/ALM) 12:27.

40. Patrick Bevin (NZL/CAN) 12:27.

41. Simon Clarke (AUS/CAN) 12:27.

42. Mathew Hayman (AUS/ORI) 12:27.

43. Pierre Rolland (FRA/CAN) 12:27.

44. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 12:27.

45. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 12:27.

46. Rigoberto Uran (COL/CAN) 12:27.

47. Alberto Bettiol (ITA/CAN) 12:27.

48. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 12:27.

49. Dylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 12:27.

50. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/DDT) 12:27.

51. Nathan Brown (USA/CAN) 12:27.

52. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 12:27.

53. Koen de Kort (NED/TRE) 12:27.

54. Serge Pauwels (BEL/DDT) 12:27.

55. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 12:27.

56. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 12:27.

57. Taylor Phinney (USA/CAN) 12:27.

58. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 12:27.

59. Rüdiger Selig (GER/BOR) 12:27.

60. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/QST) 12:27.

61. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 12:27.

62. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 12:27.

63. Jack Bauer (NZL/QST) 12:27.

64. Roy Curvers (NED/SUN) 12:27.

65. Andrey Zeits (KAZ/AST) 12:27.

66. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 12:27.

67. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 12:27.

68. Daniel Martin (EIR/QST) 12:27.

69. Louis Meintjes (RSA/EAU) 12:27.

70. Warren Barguil (FRA/SUN) 12:27.

71. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/SUN) 12:27.

72. Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (KAZ/AST) 12:27.

73. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 12:27.

74. Julien Vermote (BEL/QST) 12:27.

75. Mike Teunissen (NED/SUN) 12:27.

76. Zdenek Štybar (CZE/QST) 12:27.

77. Yoann Offredo (FRA/AJW) 12:27.

78. Scott Thwaites (GBR/DDT) 12:27.

79. Stephen Cummings (GBR/DDT) 12:27.

80. Jasha Sütterlin (GER/MOV) 12:27.

81. Brice Feillu (FRA/TFO) 12:27.

82. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 12:27.

83. Thomas Degand (BEL/AJW) 12:27.

84. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 12:27.

85. Vegard Laengen (NOR/EAU) 12:27.

86. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/COF) 12:27.

87. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL/AJW) 12:27.

88. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 12:27.

89. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 12:27.

90. Jay McCarthy (AUS/BOR) 12:27.

91. Guillaume Martin (FRA/AJW) 12:27.

92. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 12:27.

93. Albert Timmer (NED/SUN) 12:27.

94. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) 12:27.

95. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/BAH) 12:27.

96. Kristijan Ðurasek (CRO/EAU) 12:27.

97. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LOT) 12:27.

98. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/AJW) 12:27.

99. Pawel Poljanski (POL/BOR) 12:27.

100. Rick Zabel (GER/KAT) 12:27.

101. Borut Bozic (SLO/BAH) 12:27.

102. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 12:27.

103. Carlos Betancur (COL/MOV) 12:27.

104. Marco Minnaard (NED/AJW) 12:27.

105. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/BAH) 12:27.

106. Luis Angel Maté (ESP/COF) 12:27.

107. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT) 12:27.

108. Tsgabu Grmay (ETH/BAH) 12:27.

109. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BOR) 12:27.

110. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 12:27.

111. Matteo Bono (ITA/EAU) 12:27.

112. Darwin Atapuma (COL/EAU) 12:27.

113. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) 12:27.

114. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG/TFO) 12:27.

115. Frederik Backaert (BEL/AJW) 12:27.

116. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 12:27.

117. André Greipel (GER/LOT) 12:27.

118. Maxime Bouet (FRA/TFO) 12:27.

119. Tiesj Benoot (BEL/LOT) 12:27.

120. Lars Bak (DEN/LOT) 12:27.

121. Florian Sénéchal (FRA/COF) 12:27.

122. Michael Valgren (DEN/AST) 12:27.

123. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 12:27.

124. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/AJW) 12:27.

125. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 12:27.

126. Danilo Wyss (SUI/BMC) 12:27.

127. Nicolas Roche (IRL/BMC) 12:27.

128. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 12:27.

129. Grega Bole (SLO/BAH) 12:27.

130. Jaco Venter (RSA/DDT) 12:27.

131. Dion Smith (NZL/AJW) 12:27.

132. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 12:27.

133. Maurits Lammertink (NED/KAT) 12:27.

134. Olivier Le Gac (FRA/FDJ) 12:27.

135. Tiago Machado (POR/KAT) 12:27.

136. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF) 12:27.

137. Javier Moreno (ESP/BAH) 12:27.

138. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 12:27.

139. Laurent Pichon (FRA/TFO) 12:27.

140. Perrig Quémeneur (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

141. Laurens ten Dam (NED/SUN) 12:27.

142. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 12:27.

143. Andrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 12:27.

144. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 12:27.

145. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 12:27.

146. Jesus Herrada (ESP/MOV) 12:27.

147. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 12:27.

148. Reto Hollenstein (SUI/KAT) 12:27.

149. Tony Martin (GER/KAT) 12:27.

150. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT) 12:27.

151. Michael Gogl (AUT/TRE) 12:27.

152. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/TRE) 12:27.

153. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 12:27.

154. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 12:27.

155. Robert Wagner (GER/LNL) 12:27.

156. Primož Roglic (SLO/LNL) 12:27.

157. Tom Leezer (NED/LNL) 12:27.

158. Angelo Tulik (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

159. Yohann Gène (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

160. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

161. Dimitri Claeys (BEL/COF) 12:27.

162. Florian Vachon (FRA/TFO) 12:27.

163. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

164. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 12:27.

165. Adrien Petit (FRA/DEN) 12:27.

166. Davide Cimolai (ITA/FDJ) 12:27.

167. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/BMC) 12:27.

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