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Friday, June 14, 2024

Home-town hero wins big bike race

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the Norwegians’ favourite in this year’s Glava Tour of Norway bicycle race, and he didn’t disappoint. Now he’s gearing up for the Tour de France that starts late next month.

“They were five fantastic days,” Hagen’s teammate Lars Petter Nordhaug told newspaper Aftenposten when the race around southern Norway ended in Hønefoss on Sunday. Hagen emerged as overall winner in the race that started on Wednesday in Sandefjord and then went from Oslo to Drammen, Lillestrøm to Elverum, Hamar to Lillehammer and Gjøvik to Hønefoss.

Nordhaug  was especially pleased that Hagen won the Hamar to Lillehammer stage, since Lillehammer is Hagen’s home town. So was Hagen, but he was singing Nordhaug’s praises as well.

“Without Lars Petter and the team (from Sky), I never would have won these three jerseys,” Hagen told Aftenposten. He wants Lars Petter, who finished third in the Glava Tour of Norway, to join the Sky team in the Tour de France.

“I would love to have him along, but it’s not my job to select the team,” Hagen said. “He’s cycling very strongly right now, and just has to ride strong in the Switzerland Round and the other races to prove he’s good enough.” Team Sky also won the team competition in the Norwegian race.

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