Tour of Norway #4: Boasson Hagen third in GC heading into decisive final stage

Stage four at the Tour of Norway was won by Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) in an sprint finish. Alan Banaszek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) was second ahead of Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky).

Stage four at the Tour of Norway spanned 218km from Kongsvinger to Brumunddalwith. The stage included a category two and category three climb, with a number of other uncategorized undulations throughout the stage.

A break of six riders initially went clear, with Warnier (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) returning to the peloton once he collected the points from the intermediate sprint. Team Dimension Data, like the previous stages, worked at the front with Team LottoNL-Jumbo to control the break. The leaders were returned to the peloton with 15km of racing left. Three ambitions riders attacked shortly afterwards, but were brought back as the race entered the final stretch.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was well-positioned in the lead up to the sprint. Following a crash in the lead in to the sprint, Boasson Hagen started his sprint from a long range, but was beaten to the line by Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo). Alan Banaszek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) took second and the podium was completed by Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky). Boasson Hagen placed 10th.

Boasson Hagen heads into the final stage 11 seconds behind Groenewegen, who is currently wearing the leader’s jersey. The final stage of the race finishes in Boasson Hagen’s home town and he will be looking to finish the race on a high.

Gino van Oudenhove – Sports Director
“The team did another great job, for today’s stage but also as preparation for tomorrow’s last stage, that will be decisive for GC. It was a dangerous run in. Edvald took the option to open the sprint early when a gap opened. Unfortunately it was too early and he finished 10.”