Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did very well to get in the mix on stage 3 of Tour de France. Edvald Boasson Hagen fought with the top favorites and he’s now fifth in the general classification.
The day started out in a high pace with countless attacks in the opening kilometers. Serge Pauwels was very attentive near the front and the strong Belgian made sure to cover the most dangerous moves. However, the peloton wasn’t interested in letting too big of a group get away and at the end, only six riders managed to get a gap.
Despite the fact that today’s stage covered over 200 km, the pack never gave the front group a gap of much more than two minutes. Several teams wanted to keep the breakaway within reach and even though a few riders bridged across on the last 50 km, the peloton never panicked. With 10 km left to go, it all came back together again for the tricky uphill finish in Longwy.
The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders put in a huge performance to position Boasson Hagen near the front. On the final two kilometers, when the road started to kick up, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg perfectly delivered the Norwegian in the wheel of Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe). Boasson Hagen did well to hang on to the world champion but on the last couple of hundred meters, he lost a little ground. Sagan went on to win the stage, while Boasson Hagen finished in 27th place. However, it was still enough for him to move up to fifth place in the general classification. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) is still leading overall.
Edvald Boasson Hagen:
“The team was great today. They put me in the right position at the critical point just before the run-in towards the final. I was in the wheel of Sagan but I was at my limit as the climb maybe was a bit harder than we expected. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have the legs today because everything else came together well. I will try again though”.