Edvald Boasson Hagen

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Nationality: Norwegian
Date of birth: May 17, 1987
Height: 181cm
Weight: 73kg
Team: Team Dimension Data
Twitter: @EBHagen

After dropping down to the Pro Continental level in 2015, it seemed to be exactly what Edvald Boasson Hagen needed to find his mojo after a frustrating final season with Team Sky.

Joining MTN-Qhubeka saw less pressure placed on the Norwegian’s shoulders in the big races – MTN were invited to a good deal of WorldTour events – and saw him finish a career high 10th at Milan-San Remo.

Boasson Hagen’s purple patch of form in 2015 began at the Tour of Norway in May and stretched all the way to the Tour of Britain in September, collecting 29 top-10 finishes in that time.

He finished second in the Critérium du Dauphiné’s points competition – teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot won the mountains classification – thanks to three top-10 finishes and then won both the Norwegian National Championships time trial and road race.

At the Tour de France he was always there or thereabout in the sprint finishes, collecting a fourth-place on the Champs-Elysees and three more fifth-place finishes over the three weeks.

Perhaps his most memorable performances of the year, though, came at the Tour of Britain, where he took his second overall victory with some attacking riding.

Having taken the lead on Hartside Fell, Boasson Hagen ensured he clung onto it with aggressive racing on the final three stages.

With Dimension Data in the WorldTour in 2016, the 28-year-old continued his solid presence at the highest level of racing. With a successful defence of his national titles as well as the points jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné and several top tens.

2017 has been another successful year so far for the man that is known as the Boss. An overall victory at both the Tour des Fjords and the Tour of Norway have shown that Boasson-Hagen is still bossing it. A third successful defence of his national time trial title marked a quality build up to the Tour de France where he will continue to fight for stage wins and help Mark Cavendish become the most prolific stage winner in the race’s history.

 

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