Stage 3 of the Tour of Norway would see another strong performance of Edvald Boasson Hagen who eventually finished second on the day. The teams Norwegian allrounder was one of the most active riders in the final and managed to put himself in a good GC position for the upcoming stages. The 185 km stage from Skien to Rjukan saw a fast start with a group of five escaping after several unsuccessful attacks. The quintet was able to establish a solid lead of more than 8 minutes, before the peloton started to chase. With the 11 km long and 7 % steep Flisetjonn climb coming.
The first part of my 2015 season has been a big success for me and has given me the confidence to look forward to the rest of the season with high hopes. It started with a really good off season and base training in November and December in South Africa. I really like training in South Africa and the weather that time of the year and most of the rest of the year is really good. I managed to do around 3000km in December at an altitude of around 1600m. Mostly just endurance rides from 4 to 5 hours but this year I also added.
The 2nd stage of the Tour of Norway saw an encouraging display of riding by the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team. The African team assumed control of the peloton for the better part of the stage and Edvald Boasson Hagen ended the day off with another top 10 result. Stiehl Photography captured the day’s events..