Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen Climbs to 2nd Stage Victory in 2011 Tour de France
Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the 17th stage of the 2011 Tour de France earlier today, the first of three days in the Alps, while Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey but lost time after riding off course on the final descent.
climbs that are so steep they aren't even given a category. It ends with the 14.2-mile climb of the famed Col du Galibier. The full stage is 125 miles, starting at Pinerolo.
Outside the racing Wednesday, Russian team Katusha confirmed that rider Alexandr Kolobnev's backup sample tested positive for a banned masking agent.
Kolobnev became the first rider in this year's Tour to fail a doping control when his urine sample taken after the fifth stage had traces of hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can hide the presence of other drugs.
Kolobnev was in 69th place when he left the race before the 10th stage.
Katusha said Kolobnev is suspended until the Russian Cycling Federation holds a disciplinary hearing. He faces a two-year suspension.
Kolobnev was given the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics road race after the original bronze medalist, Davide Rebellin of Italy, was found guilty of doping.