Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 222,5 km nineteenth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 21, 2017 between Embrun and Salon-de-Provence. / AFP / Jeff PACHOUD
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Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen took a shortcut to win Friday's 19th stage of the Tour de France while 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 3 kilometers as Nikias Arndt came second and Jens Keukeleire third.I didn't have to do the photo finish this time, so it's really good," said Boasson Hagen, 30 .It was his third Tour stage win following another two in 2011 when riding for Froome's Sky team.Saturday's 22.5 kilometer 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.
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