Edvald Boasson Hagen would show his class at the final Tour des Fjords stage and took an emphatic stage victory. Edvald was part of a late 4 man escape and the Norwegian star was able to out sprint Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge) and Marco Haller (Katusha) for his first victory of the season. As the race hit the final climb of the day, Pig Hill, Edvald would put in a strong attack from the peloton that only Impey, Haller and Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha) could match. The quartet would catch and pass the early 5 rider break of the day on the steep 20% slopes of.
The Garmin Velothon Berlin came down to the expected bunch sprint and it was Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant-Alpecin) who was fastest on the day. Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) would be 2nd, just ahead of Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin) in 3rd. It would be a blanket finish at the line in Berlin and our Gerald Ciolek was only a bike length from the victory. The results however had Gerald placed in 6th position on the day. This came after a good team performance by MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, keeping Gerald protected during the course of the race. There was an early break of 4 riders who were able to.
MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will take to the start of the Garmin Velothon Berlin single day UCI 1.1 race later today. The 174km event is one that usually suits the sprinters and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have a sprint specific team at the start line. With only 6 rider teams, it will be hard for a single team to control proceedings for the entire duration of the event. There will be a number of key sprinters from different teams hoping to take the spoils today though and so a combined effort should see the race come back together on the final 8 finishing circuits around Berlin..
I’m sitting here at Chicago O’Hare International Airport waiting for my flight to board to Barcelona. My last race was the Amgen Tour of Califorina and I took the opportunity to visit my in laws who live in Nebraska. It was the perfect post ‘first half – mid season’ break getaway. Spending quality time with them while recovering the mind and body from 40 days of racing so far for 2015. I’m satisfied with how my 2015 season is playing out. In December I sat down with the coaches and my DS Alex Sans to discuss my goals and schedule. At this point everything is.