Tour de France #21: Boasson Hagen takes 4th on Champs-Elysee

Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates) won the final stage of the Tour de France, sprinting to victory on cycling’s most famous stadium, the Champs-Elysee. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) finished in 2nd place and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was 3rd. Team Dimension Data put in another credible performance with Edvald Boasson Hagen finishing in 4th place. 

The final stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France saw the familiar procession take place as riders left Houilles for the 116km journey to the finish-line in Paris. After the customary champagne and congratulatory photos were shared, the peloton reached the Champs-Elysee for one final hit out.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were out to deliver Edvald Boasson Hagen to the line once again, remembering the Norwegian had placed 3rd on the Champs-Elysee last year and 4th in both 2016 and 2015 for our African Team. This year, our 5-rider team did a great job to place Boasson Hagen in a competitive position for the final sprint to the line.

Tom-Jelte Slagter and Jay Thomson did some of the early positioning work before Julien Vermote and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg performed the leadout in the final 7km. Boasson Hagen rounded the final bend in 8th position and leaped into his sprint, gaining 4 places before reaching his maximum possible output. Kristoff took the victory with our Norwegian once again taking 4th place.

Slagter, Vermote, Thomson and Janse van Rensburg all finished with main group to successfully complete the 2018 Tour de France.

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the race overall, the first ever victory by a Welshman in the history of the race. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) placed 2nd and Chris Froome (Team Sky) rounded out the general classification podium.

Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider
It was a really hard Tour de France. Today the guys were really good once again, keeping me up front. I was in a good position for the sprint but I finished 4th. It was not really what I wanted but it was good to get these 3 tough weeks done. Now we look ahead to the rest of the season where I hope we can get some better results. I’ve finished a few Tours now but this was certainly one of the hardest, I am happy it’s done and happy I could complete it with these great guys. Well done to Jay Thomson for finishing his first Tour de France.