Tour of Norway #5: Edvald Boasson Hagen overcomes crash to claim stage and overall victory

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had an amazing end to Tour of Norway. Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to victory on the final day and thereby also took the overall win in his home race.

The team started out Sunday’s last stage knowing that if Boasson Hagen could make podium in the final sprint, and race leader Pieter Weening (Roompot) didn’t, he would win the race overall. Extremely motivated and determined, our African Team controlled the stage perfectly, always keeping the breakaway within reach.

As the riders took on the final circuit in Oslo, a strong headwind made it even more difficult for the break to stay away. On a hilly circuit, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did a great job setting up Boasson Hagen for the sprint. However, it turned out to be much more stressful than expected as first Mekseb Debesay and then Boasson Hagen crashed on the circuit and had to change bikes.

Ultimately, it all worked out perfectly as both riders made it back to the pack and Boasson Hagen outsprinted Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) to win the stage and take 10 bonus seconds, which handed him the overall win as well. With two stage wins and two additional podium places, Boasson Hagen also topped the points classification.

Alex Sans Vega – sports director:
“The team has been incredible all week and again today. Every rider gave his all for our common goal. With a strong headwind at the end, it was difficult for anybody to attack. We went 100 % for the sprint with Edvald [Boasson Hagen] and he proved to be the fastest. It’s really amazing to win Tour of Norway with our local hero here in his hometown”.