Tour de France #21: Boasson Hagen 5th in Paris

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) won the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France, sprinting to victory on the Champs-Elysees ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct-Energie).

Once again it was beautiful end to what has been an exciting Tour de France, with a sprint royale taking place on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. For Team Dimension Data, it was all about trying to secure that missing big result, with Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Boasson Hagen’s history on the Champs-Elysees read 4th, 4th, 3rd and 4th over the previous four edition’s of the race, to go with his 2nd place in 2011. Our Team Dimension Data boys were fully committed to our Norwegian and made their presence felt with 15km to go, when they took over at the head of the peloton.

Using his experience on the famously rough pave around Paris. Boasson Hagen was well positioned through the final left-right corner combination and opened the sprint first, with 300m to go. For a moment we all believed this could be his year, it was a beautiful moment, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be for “The Boss”.

Ewan showed his superior speed once again, taking his 3rd stage win of the race. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) crossed the line with hands in the air, as the first ever Colombian to win the Tour de France.

Roman Kreuziger finished safely in the bunch, to be our best placed rider overall, in 16th. Though we had no stage win at this year’s edition of the Tour de France, we leave the race with 4 top 10 stage placing’s, thanks largely to Giacomo Nizzolo who sadly crashed out of this year’s Le Tour.

Undoubtedly though, for the highlight of our race we go back to the beginning, where our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign hit new heights as the 8 young men from Velokhaya joined us at the start of Le Tour de France.

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