Recent Road Cycling News
Attack on 17: Cycling Star Edvald Boasson Hagen Claims Second Stage Victory at Tour de France – Six of Top 10 Remain Oakley
He may have been edged by fellow O star Thor Hushovd in the 16th stage. But this time, Edvald Boasson Hagen took it to the house. Oakley’s Norwegian standout powered his way into a 14-man escape group on the 179km route as the race raged into Italy – then executed a decisive attack on the day’s final ascent with 11km left. Edvald sailed past Sylvan Chavanel and pulled away from the pack for a glorious Stage 17 victory.
Make that two for Thor Hushovd. Oakley’s Norwegian World Champ blazed his way to his second stage win at the 2011 Tour de France with an impressive sprint finish in Gap. Coming out of the gates on fire for the last six days of racing, he displayed top form during the 162.5km 16th stage – spanning from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateax to Gap. There were 10 men to break away from the pack after the 90km mark – and Thor powered to the front with Ryder Hesjedal and fellow Oakley Rider Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky). The Norwegian standout, with some help from Hesjedal, engaged in a head to head sprint with Boasson Hagen all the way to the line – where Thor clutched the victory.
Powering On: Star Cyclist Mark Cavendish Claims Stage 15 at Tour de France, Oakley Riders Hold Three Of Four Overall Standings Spots
15 ultra intense stages are in the rear view mirror. And still, Oakley riders are displaying their top form. Mark Cavendish, as expected, is definitely one of the most impressive. Oakley’s star sprinter continued dominance of his craft by claiming the 15th Tour de France stage – his fourth stage win of the race and a move to tighten his grip on the overall points competition lead. The British speed demon blazed past the rest of the field at the tail end of the stage’s 192.5km stretch from Limoux to Montpellier – racking up his overall eighth win of the 2011 season. O’s prominent HTC Highroad rider now holds 70 wins: 29 Grand Tour Stage and 19 in the Tour de France – under his belt. More than impressive. And the Green Jersey definitely looks at home on him.