Tour de France #21: Boasson Hagen sprints to third place in Paris

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka finished off this year’s Tour de France with another podium performance by Edvald Boasson Hagen who sprinted to third place on the final stage of the race.

Per tradition, the day started out with smiles and laughter as the riders left Montgeron and headed towards Paris. However, as the peloton entered the iconic circuit on Champs-Élysées, the faces of the riders were now very focused and ready to race hard.

Multiple riders tried to escape as they started on the eight laps and ultimately, a strong group managed to distance the peloton. Jaco Venter and Steve Cummings helped to set the pace in the pack and with 10 km left to go, it was all back together again.

The remaining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders always kept Boasson Hagen near the front and together with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, the fast Norwegian entered the final corners in a good position.

Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) started his sprint early and quickly opened up small gap. Boasson Hagen tried to close the gap but at the end, he had to settle for third place. In addition to his impressive victory on stage 19, this was the fifth time Boasson Hagen finished in Top3 during this Tour de France.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the race overall in front of Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r). Serge Pauwels finished as best Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider in 19th place in the general classification. Boasson Hagen was third in the points classification.

Edvald Boasson Hagen:
“It was great to make it to Paris with this incredible team. Everybody, riders and staff, gave their all for me right up until the very last meters of this amazing three weeks’ race. It’s a pity I couldn’t finish it off for the team today but I think we can be happy with our Tour de France performance this year. We lost [Mark] Cavendish early in the race but we got together as a team and showed that we ride for a cause. I think that made our stage win much more special”.

Doug Ryder – Team Principal:
“It was tough for the team to lose Mark Cavendish but the guys pulled together and fought hard for every stage we aimed at. We got one big stage victory, six podium places and we made it into Top10 no less than 10 times. Today, the team was right on point again. They helped to bring back the breakaway and afterwards, they worked together for a result. Edvald [Boasson Hagen] did very well to finish in third place. His performances in this year’s Tour de France have been incredible. I’m so happy for him”.