Boasson Hagen wins Stage 4 at Dauphine Libere

BELLEY, France (AP) Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Thursday after coming out on top of a bunch sprint finish.

The Norwegian edged Frenchmen Julian Alaphilippe and Nacer Bouhanni to claim his fourth stage win in six years at the warm-up race for the Tour de France.

Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador kept the race leader's jersey ahead of three mountain stages.

''It was the last opportunity for riders like me,'' said Boasson Hagen, who took advantage of the slightly uphill finish to make his move.

''Everyone was getting tired and I managed to stay ahead,'' he said.

Contador has a four-second lead over reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome overall, with Richie Porte in third place.

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