Edvald Boasson Hagen

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Edvald Boasson Hagen
Edvald Boasson Hagen, 2013 Tour Down Under (cropped).jpg
Boasson Hagen at the 2013 Tour Down Under
Personal information
Full name Edvald Boasson Hagen
Nickname Eddy Boss[1]
Born (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987 (age 26)
Rudsbygd, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2006–2007 Team Maxbo Bianchi
Professional team(s)
2008–2009
2010–
Team High Road
Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2011)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2009)

Stage races

Eneco Tour (2009, 2011)
Tour of Britain (2009)
Glava Tour of Norway (2012, 2013)

One-day races and Classics

Vattenfall Cyclassics (2011)
Gent–Wevelgem (2009)
GP Ouest-France (2012)
National Road Race Championships (2012)
National Time Trial Championships (2007–2011, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
2 March 2014

Edvald Boasson Hagen[2] (born 17 May 1987) is a Norwegian professional road racing cyclist riding for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky,[3] and reigning Norwegian Time Trial Champion. He was ranked as no. 3 in the world by UCI as of 31 August 2009, when he was 22 years old.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2006–2007[edit]

Boasson Hagen joined the Norwegian continental team Team Maxbo Bianchi in 2006 and in his first season in the continental circuits he took eight wins including three stages of the Tour de l'Avenir.[5]

In 2007 he enjoyed a successful season and scored fifteen wins, ending up second in number of victories behind ProTour sprinter Alessandro Petacchi. But, after the disqualification of the Italian in May 2008 for doping, Alessandro Petacchi lost 5 stage wins in the 2007 Giro resulting in Boasson Hagen having the most victories. Boasson Hagen won the overall classification as well as stages at Paris–Corrèze, Ringerike GP and Istrian Spring Trophy. He also took stages at Tour of Ireland, Tour de Normandie and Tour de Bretagne as well as the Norwegian time trial championship. As a result of these achievements, he finished fifth in the individual point standings of 2006-2007 UCI Europe Tour. In early 2007 it was announced that for 2008 season he would leave Team Maxbo Bianchi for the German UCI ProTeam T-Mobile Team.[6] In late 2007 it was announced that Deutsche Telekom was to end sponsorship of T-Mobile Team with immediate effect. The team continued under the name Team High Road.[7]

2008[edit]

Boasson Hagen began the 2008 season with a fifth place in the prologue of Tour of California, ahead of established time trial specialists like David Millar and Gustav Larsson. He later won the concluding individual time trial of Critérium International ahead of teammate Tony Martin and the Grand Prix de Denain. He also finished second at the Commerce Bank Reading Classic and became the Norway National Time Trial Champion for the second year in a row. Later in the year he competed in the Beijing Olympics Road Race, finishing 71st, and entered the ProTour race Eneco Tour aiming for the overall classification. He finished third in the prologue and was well placed in the following stages when in the fifth stage the front of the peloton split in the strong crosswinds and left him 14 minutes behind the leaders. Boasson Hagen lost any chance of overall victory but made up by winning the following stage in Brussels by passing Jimmy Engoulvent in the final fifteen meters of the race.[8] At the Tour of Britain he won three stages and the points competition.

2009[edit]

Boasson Hagen during at the prologue of the 2009 Eneco Tour, in the Norwegian National Time Trial Champion jersey

In 2009 he won the cobbled classic Gent–Wevelgem in a two man sprint against Liquigas rider Aleksandr Kuschynski. He also rode in the Giro d'Italia, his first ever Grand Tour, where Team Columbia won the Team Time trial, Boasson Hagen won the seventh stage in a sprint and finished second in the sixth and eighth stages. In the Tour de Pologne he won the fourth and sixth stages to finish third overall, and secure Norway ten riders in the upcoming UCI Road World Championships. Hagen also won his first stage race in 2009, the Eneco Tour, confirming his huge talent, and rising to third overall in the world ranking in August.

Later in 2009 Boasson Hagen finished his season by winning four of the eight stages in the Tour of Britain, and winning the race overall.

After months of rumours, it was official on 10 September 2009 that Boasson Hagen would be joining Team Sky from the 2010 season, along with fellow Norwegians Lars Petter Nordhaug and Kurt Asle Arvesen.[9]

2010[edit]

Boasson Hagen started his first race with Team Sky in the Tour of Qatar. After an impressive effort and stage win in the opening team time trial, Boasson Hagen secured 3rd and 6th place finishes as his best results. In the Tour of Oman one week after the race in Qatar, Boasson Hagen won two stages, including the final stage in which he beat world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara by seventeen seconds in the individual time trial. With this win Boasson Hagen claimed second place in the overall classification, taking the young riders jersey and winning the overall points classification. Boasson Hagen won the seventh stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. He also retained his national time trial title.

2011[edit]

In 2011, Boasson Hagen again finished second in the Tour of Oman, also winning the points jersey for the second year running.[10] Boasson Hagen won the 1st stage of Bayern-Rundfahrt,[11] and went on to win the points jersey, as well as helping team-mate Geraint Thomas win to first overall in the event.[12] He won the Norwegian National Time Trial Championships for the fifth year running in June, but then contracted an illness that put his Tour de France in doubt.[13]

Boasson Hagen at the 2011 Tour de France; he won two stages during the race.

He did recover though, and was given the go-ahead to ride the Tour.[14] He won stage six of the Tour, the first ever victory by a British-registered professional cycling team in the Tour de France.[15][16] Boasson Hagen finished second to compatriot Thor Hushovd on stage sixteen after the pair were in a three-man breakaway with Ryder Hesjedal.[17] The next day he was again in a breakaway, and broke clear on the final climb of the day to take his second stage win of the Tour.[18] Boasson Hagen finished second to Mark Cavendish on the final stage on the Champs Elysees.[19] In August, Boasson Hagen took a clean sweep of the jerseys at the Eneco Tour, winning the event overall, as well as the points and young riders competitions, and finishing first on the final stage.[20]

2012[edit]

Boasson Hagen began the 2012 season with a second place to André Greipel in the Down Under Classic.[21] After three top-five placings in stage finishes, he took the lead of the sprints classification after the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under[22] and held the jersey until the end of the race. Boasson Hagen took the lead of the Volta ao Algarve after winning the second stage with a well-timed uphill sprint. He lost the race lead to team-mate Richie Porte on the next stage, after setting Porte up on the final climb, but he won the points jersey. He also won a stage of Tirreno–Adriatico, and acted as lead out man for Mark Cavendish. Boasson Hagen had a disappointing classics campaign, failing to post any major results. He did return to form at his home race, the Tour of Norway, winning the race overall, the points and young rider jerseys, and stage four which finished in his home town, Lillehammer.

In June 2012, Boasson Hagen won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships to take the national jersey for the first time; he did however lose his time trial national championship jersey to Team Joker Merida's Reidar Borgersen. Boasson Hagen was selected in the Sky squad for the Tour de France. He finished fifth in the opening prologue in Liège, then took third on stage one, after bridging across to Peter Sagan and Cancellara in the closing stages, but being unable to beat them both in the sprint. He also finished second to Sagan on stage three, another hilltop finish. At the end of August, Boasson Hagen took the victory in the one day World Tour race the GP Ouest-France. He broke away from the bunch with a little more than two kilometers to go, caught and dropped the remaining man in front, Rui Costa (Movistar Team) on the last uphill section and descended to the finish solo. He denied the sprinters in the eighty-man chasing group a chance at victory by holding on to a five second advantage.[23]

2013[edit]

Boasson Hagen began the season with the stated ambition of winning one of the Spring classics,[24] but failed to attain any notable results.[25] However, Boasson Hagen returned to defend his title at the Glava Tour of Norway. After finishing as runner-up in two of the previous sprint stages, Boasson Hagen sparked a two-man breakaway with Sérgio Paulinho to win the fourth stage and consequently both the overall and points classifications.[26] Boasson Hagen would follow this up with a sprint victory on stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné.[27]

Major achievements[edit]

2004
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Under-19 Road Race Championships
2005
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Under-19 Road Race Championships
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Under-19 Time Trial Championships
2006
1st Scandinavian Open Road Race
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 2, 5 & 7
Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
1st Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
2nd GP Aarhus
2nd National Road Race Championships
2007
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Istrian Spring Trophee
1st Prologue
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Points classification
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Ringerike GP
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 5
Tour de Bretagne
1st Stages 2 & 7
7th Overall Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 8
1st Stage 4 Tour of Ireland
2008
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Grand Prix de Denain
Tour of Britain
1st Stages 4, 5 & 7
1st Sprints classification
1st Stage 3 Critérium International
1st Stage 6 Eneco Tour
2nd Commerce Bank Reading Classic
2009
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stages 3, 4, 5 & 6
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stages 6 & 7 (ITT)
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 7
1st Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Trofeo Sóller
2nd Trofeo Calvia
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 4 & 6
4th Monte Paschi Eroica
2010
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Dutch Food Valley Classic
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 7 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young Rider classification
1st Stages 3 & 6 (ITT)
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
2nd Chrono des Nations
3rd Overall Eneco Tour
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
2011
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stage 6
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Jersey green.svg Young rider classification
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Tour de France
1st Stages 6 & 17
Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Stage 1
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2012
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Glava Tour of Norway
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st GP Ouest-France
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
7th Overall Tour Down Under
1st Jersey blue.svg Sprints classification
2013
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Glava Tour of Norway
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd National Road Race Championship
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial, Road World Championships
5th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
8th Overall Tour of Qatar
9th E3 Harelbeke
2014
2nd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
6th Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tour DNE 116 53 56 DNF-12
Stages won  — 0 2 0 0
Mountains classification  — 60 31 58  —
Points classification  — 6 6 5  —
Giro 82 DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 1  —  —  —  —
Mountains classification  —  —  —  —  —
Points classification 6  —  —  —  —
Vuelta DNE DNE DNE DNE 84
Stages won  —  —  —  —  —
Mountains classification  —  —  —  — 24
Points classification  —  —  —  — 8
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Sky – Edvald Boasson Hagen". Team Sky. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ In relation to his given names and family name, he is quoted: "In my passport it says Hagen as a surname, and Edvald Boasson as first names. Boasson is a kind of middle name. But I prefer to use both as a surname." Cycle Sport (May 2009, p. 114)
  3. ^ "Team Sky (SKY) – GBR". UCI World Tour (Union Cycliste Internationale). Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "UCI world ranking". Union Cycliste Internationale. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Cruising into the ProTour, Norwegian style". www.cyclingnews.com. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Norwegian youngster to T-Mobile". www.cyclingnews.com. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "T-Mobile ends cycling sponsorship". BBC Sport. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  8. ^ Eneco Tour 2008 – Stage 6. Dailypeloton.com (2008-08-26). Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  9. ^ "More stars for Team Sky". Sky News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  10. ^ Tour of Oman 2011 – Key moments. Paris-nice.fr. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  11. ^ Boasson Hagen wins Bayern-Rundfahrt opener – Yahoo! Eurosport. Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  12. ^ News: Thomas wins Bayern-Rundfahrt « A Report «. Velouk.net. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  13. ^ Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen a doubt for Tour de France | Sport. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  14. ^ Boasson Hagen over illness, gets green light for Tour. Velonation.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  15. ^ Fotheringham, William (7 July 2011). "Team Sky's first Tour de France stage win gives Murdoch some good news". Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Cleary, Mick (7 July 2011). "Team Sky records first win after Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage six". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Tour de France 2011: Thor Hushovd beats Boasson Hagen to the line | Sport. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  18. ^ Tour de France: Boasson Hagen wins for Sky as Voeckler suffers on fast descent – Others, More Sports. The Independent (2011-07-21). Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  19. ^ IG Markets Rider of the Day Stage 21 – Edvald Boasson Hagen – News – Tour de France. ITV (2011-07-26). Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  20. ^ Clean sweep for Boasson Hagen | Sky Sports | Cycling | News. Sky Sports. Retrieved on 2011-08-18.
  21. ^ "Andre Greipel wins Down Under Classic". USA Today (David Hunke; Gannett Company). Associated Press. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Aubrey, Jane (20 January 2012). "Freire back in the winner's circle with Tour Down Under victory". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Boasson Hagen wins GP Plouay". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 26 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  24. ^ Atkins, Ben (11 December 2012). "Edvald Boasson Hagen to lead Team Sky in the Santos Tour Down Under once again". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Not a classic time as Team Sky’s training fails". The Roar. 10 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "Boasson Hagen prevails on home soil". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 18 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Stage 3". Critérium du Dauphiné. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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