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Hagen of Norway wins Tour's longest stage

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Sky team rider Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway, second right, sprints to the finish line ahead of Garmin-Cervelo team rider Thor Hushovd of Norway, right, HTC-Highroad team rider Matthew Harley Goss of Australia, second left, to win the 6th stage of the Tour De France cycling race between Dinan and Lisieux, France, on Thursday.

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The pack rides in the 226.5 km and sixth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race run between Dinan and Lisieux, northwestern France, on Thursday. Today is this year's 2011 Tour de France longest stage.

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The peloton passes by Le Mont-Saint-Michel during Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France from Dinan to Lisieux on Thursday.

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The pack rides under a grey sky during the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 140.7 miles starting in Dinan, Brittany, and finishing in Lisieux, Normandy, western France, on Thursday July 7.

The AP reports:

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

The pack battled slippery roads and brisk winds over the hilly, 141-mile ride across northwest France into Normandy — the longest stage in the race this year. Continue reading.