Preview: Tour des Fjords

Our African Team now move to compete in the Tour des Fjords. As the defending champion, and following on from his podium finish in the general classification at the Tour of Norway on Sunday, Edvald Boasson Hagen will be looking to do replicate his previous success at the race

The race has been shortened to three stages that will no doubt provide some fast, action-packed racing. The three stages run along the Norwegian coast, with two slightly uphill finishes, that will suit our Norwegian rider.

Lining up alongside Boasson Hagen are Nic Dougall, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus and Johann van Zyl. With ten World Tour teams starting the three day race, expect the racing to be tough and exciting.

Gino van Oudenhove – Sports Director
“The Tour des Fjords is the second of two races in Norway. The level will be higher as in Tour of Norway, with 10 World Tour teams at the start. However this will not change our ambitions with Edvald as our captain. It will be a hard and hectic race with only three days. The scenery will be spectacular, as will the racing.”

Line-up

Edvald Boasson Hagen
Nic Dougall
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Merhawi Kudus
Johann van Zyl

Cover image explained:
Orcas are a well-known sight in the northern fjords.
While this year’s Tour des Fjords is raced through the southernmost region of Norway, it seemed apt to feature an Orca.
They are known as the wolves of the sea. Hunting in groups; they have a particular bias for herring who migrate in large shoals to the coast and fjords of Norway.
It is here too in the fjords around Taknes Bay that Keiko, the famous Orca from the blockbuster film, Free Willy, died in December 2003. He was only 27 years old, but tasted freedom in the waters of the Norwegian fjords.

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