Edvald Boasson Hagen's Tour of Qatar hopes dashed by double puncture

Heartbreak for Edvald Boasson Hagen as double puncture ends hopes of overall win in Tour of Qatar

Edvald Boasson Hagen during stage four of the 2016 Tour of Qatar

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Just 24 hours after the euphoria of his time trial win, Edvald Boasson Hagen’s hopes of winning the Tour of Qatar general classification are more than likely gone. The Norwegian Dimension Data rider punctured twice on the final of four laps in today’s stage in Madinat Al Shamal.

The day had been relatively routine for the gold jersey wearer, whose team controlled the race when they needed to. The one notable issue early in the race was the number of punctures being suffered by riders of all teams. There were at least 10 in as many kilometres.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.