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Edvald Boasson Hagen © Stiehl-Photography

Boasson Hagen the boss on his birthday



The Tour of Norway could not have got off to a better start for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Edvald Boasson Hagen, as the Norwegian champion won the opening stage on his birthday.

Boasson Hagen beat Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) in the sprint for the line.

The opening stage of the Tour of Norway took riders on a 170km trip from Honefoss to Asker. There were numerous undulations throughout the stage with a final drag all the way to the line finish as well.

The stage suited the Norwegian champion to a tee and most of the rival teams were looking to the African Team to make the decisive moves.

With only three riders going up the road, it made things slightly easier to control for the African Team and it worked together with a few other World Tour teams to ensure the leaders were brought back before reaching the finishing circuit in Asker.

The attacks came thick and fast over the final 25km and the team kept it together as best it could before young Ben O’Connor had a go in the final 10km.

With O’Connor up the road Boasson Hagen could sit back and let the other teams chase, which they did do.

O’Connor’s move was brought back just before the line and then the Norwegian champion did the rest by sprinting to a special win.

With the stage victory, Boasson Hagen also pulled on the overall race leaders jersey as well.

The victory was made ever sweeter by the fact that Omar Fraile had also won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia minutes earlier.

STAGE 1 RESULTS

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen ( NOR / DDD ) 4:14:01
2. Tosh Van Der Sande ( BEL / LTS ) +0
3. Simon Gerrans ( AUS / ORS ) +0
4. August Jensen ( NOR / TCO ) +0
5. Sander Armee ( BEL / LTS ) +0
6. Maxime Daniel ( FRA / FVC ) +0
7. Jeroen Meijers ( NED / RNL ) +0
8. Rasmus Poulsen ( DEN / TVC ) +0
9. Tony Gallopin ( FRA / LTS ) +0
10. Nicholas Schultz ( AUS / CJR ) +0
11. Anthony Delaplace ( FRA / FVC ) +0
12. Preben Van Hecke ( BEL / SVB ) +0
13. Armindo Fonseca ( FRA / FVC ) +0
14. Jetse Bol ( NED / MZN ) +0
15. Rob Power ( AUS / ORS ) +0
16. Bjorn Tore Hoem ( NOR / TJI ) +0
17. Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata ( COL / MZN ) +0
18. Patrick Bevin ( NZL / CDT ) +0
19. Pieter Weening ( NED / RNL ) +0
20. Eduardo Sepulveda ( ARG / FVC ) +0
27. Mekseb Debesay ( ERI / DDD ) +0
34. Ben O'connor ( AUS / DDD ) +0
62. Jay Robert Thomson ( RSA / DDD ) +22
76. Youcef Reguigui ( ALG / DDD ) +51
107. Adrien Niyonshuti ( RWA / DDD ) +6:23

OVERALL CLASSIFIACTIONS

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Norway / DDD ) 4:13:51
2. Tosh Van Der Sande ( Belgium / LTS ) +4
3. Simon Gerrans ( Australia / ORS ) +6
4. Carl Fredrik Hagen ( Norway / TJI ) +9
5. August Jensen ( Norway / TCO ) +10
6. Sander Armee ( Belgium / LTS ) +10
7. Maxime Daniel ( France / FVC ) +10
8. Jeroen Meijers ( Netherlands / RNL ) +10
9. Rasmus Poulsen ( Denmark / TVC ) +10
10. Tony Gallopin ( France / LTS ) +10
11. Nicholas Schultz ( Australia / CJR ) +10
12. Anthony Delaplace ( France / FVC ) +10
13. Preben Van Hecke ( Belgium / SVB ) +10
14 Armindo Fonseca ( France / FVC ) +10
15. Jetse Bol ( Netherlands / MZN ) +10
16. Rob Power ( Australia / ORS ) +10
17. Bjorn Tore Hoem ( Norway / TJI ) +10
18. Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata ( Colombia / MZN ) +10
19. Patrick Bevin ( New Zealand / CDT ) +10
20. Pieter Weening ( Netherlands / RNL ) +10
28. Mekseb Debesay ( Eritrea / DDD ) +10
34. Ben O'connor ( Australia / DDD ) +10
62. Jay Robert Thomson ( South Africa / DDD ) +32
76. Youcef Reguigui ( Algeria / DDD ) +1:01
107. Adrien Niyonshuti ( Rwanda / DDD ) +6:33



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