Oakley's Edvald Boasson Hagen/Team Sky Win Opening Time Trial At Tour Of Qatar
Oakley’s Edvald Boasson Hagen defied strong winds to take the yellow jersey on the opening day of the Tour of Qatar as his Sky Team won Sunday’s 8.2 kilometre team time trial.
The 22-year-old rider crossed the finish line in a time of nine minutes, 41 seconds. Boasson Hagen’s Spanish team mate Juan Antonio Flecha won the silver jersey while Britain’s Geraint Thomas, also of Sky, was the fastest young rider.
Boasson Hagen, the 2009 Tour of Britain winner, said: “It is important to get a good start and we did that as a team. The team gets confidence when it starts well. Hopefully, this win will help us do well in the race. We had checked the course and we knew what to do. It was difficult to ride in this wind but we did really well.”
Looking ahead, he added: “Now we have to ensure that we are in the lead in the stages also.”
Sky Team director Scott Sunderland said: “Technically, we did a great job. It was good team work from the start to finish. I am satisfied.”
Monday’s second stage starts from the Camel Race Track and ends at the Qatar Foundation, a distance of 147 kilometres.