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Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour stage

Updated: July 7, 2011, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

LISIEUX, France -- Alberto Contador knew it made little sense to take risks on a day when blinding, torrential rain lashed riders in the Tour de France.

The 141-mile course Thursday -- the sixth and longest stage in the three-week race -- made for a dangerous trip. And the field was fortunate to avoid a major crash, a day after riders went tumbling everywhere.

"It was another nervous stage and because of the rain I virtually couldn't see anything," said Contador, the defending champion ...

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