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Victory for Boasson Hagen at Tour de France

It was the Norwegian's 1st of the tour after twice finishing as a runner-up and the team's 1st win of the event.

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 21 July 2017 between Embrun and Salon-de-Provence. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's Edvald Boasson Hagen won stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday.

It was the Norwegian's 1st of the tour after twice finishing as a runner-up and the team's 1st win of the event.

Chris Froome retains to lead the yellow jersey after his Sky team finished safely in the peloton. He leads Romain Bardet by 23 seconds overall.

Today's penultimate stage is a time trial in Marseilles.

Dimension Data sporting director Roger Hammond says this win comes as a huge relief.

“It made me really proud of how the guys got up from adversity. I think that’s what it’s about, it’s about having setbacks but getting back up and going on. They did that with abundance. I felt so sorry that they weren’t getting the rewards they deserved, but today they did.

Hammond says it's nothing less than the team deserves.

“There was a lot of emotion. It’s been a hard tour for the team. We have had a lot of setbacks.”

While for Dimension Data rider Serge Pauwels, the “boss” was finally rewarded with what he deserved.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)