Edvald Boasson Hagen got Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s 2019 season off to a sensational start, racing to the stage victory and overall race lead at today’s opening 10.2km time trial at the Vuelta a Communitat Valenciana.
Boasson Hagen had clocked the fastest time of the day with a 12’55” when he reached the finish in Orihuela, but the Norwegian champion then had to endure a nervous 90 minutes in the hot seat, as the remainder of the field completed the course.
In the end, Boasson Hagen’s effort stood the test of time, securing Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s first victory of the 2019 season. Speaking shortly after the stage finished, Boasson Hagen was somewhat pleasantly surprised with the result.
“It is great to get a win again, and so early in the new season too. I was happy with how my ride went and the sensations I felt on our new BMC time trial bike. At first I thought it might end up just being a “good” time, but then I started to get nervous when I was still leading and there were only 10 or so riders left. I am happy with this win, it is a nice way for us and for all our new partners to start the year together.” – Boasson Hagen
The Norwegian will start tomorrow’s 2nd stage in the overall race leaders yellow jersey alongside his 6 other teammates, who all also got through today’s ITT course in good shape- Enrico Gasparotto being our next best placed today in 16th.