Oakley’s Edvald Boasson Hagen takes the Tour of Britain

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Oakley’s Edvald Boasson Hagen takes the Tour of Britain.

Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) crossed the line in 39th, opting not to contest the sprint after his four stage wins in succession, on stages three, four, five and six. The 22-year old Norwegian, wearing limited edition Oakley Radars, had no need to go for win number five since he rubber-stamped his superiority, and cemented the overall win, mid-way through the final stage, by winning the third bonus sprint ahead of Chris Sutton. He is one of the contenders for the TT and the road race world championship in Switzerland later this week.

Boasson Hagen said, “It’s really good to win, and my team has worked all week. It’s been amazing, with all the crowds.” The Eneco Tour winner put his latest stage race success just below that one, pointing out: “It’s a ProTour race, so it’s a bit bigger. But I don’t normally compare results. I’m really satisfied.”

His fourth stage win, into Bideford, had been the most surprising, he confessed. “I didn’t expect the fourth one. But I had a really strong team and they helped me all week.”

Due to ride for Team Sky in 2010, Boasson Hagen was asked if, after three stage wins last year, and four this year he feels a special affinity to Great Britain. “I am still a Norwegian rider,” he said. “But it’s nice to win in this country.”

At the world championships in Mendrisio, he will ride the time trial and road race. He even managed an hour on his time trial bike after Thursday’s stage, but he played down his chances in the road race. “There are a lot of good guys, it’s a hard race, and a lot longer than this,” he said. “I don’t expect to win, but I hope to do a good race.”

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September 22, 2009

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