Another Norwegian forced out of Tour de France

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Norwegian cyclist Lars Petter Nordhaug says he can’t understand why his team, Belkin, didn’t include him in its selection of riders for this year’s Tour de France. Nordhaug’s exclusion means there may only be one Norwegian taking part in the Tour de France this year, Alexander Kristoff.

“I know I’m good enough to be there (in the Tour de France, which begins July 5),” Nordhaug told TV2 on Wednesday. “I should have been selected a long time ago.” He’s had a good season so far, and placed an impressive 13th in the spring classic Milano-Sanremo race that Kristoff won. Norwegian cycling starts Edvald Boasson Hagen and Thor Hushovd both had to break out of that race and neither, for various other reasons, is cycling in this year’s Tour de France either.

Nordhaug, who raced in the Tour de France last year, was clearly disappointed. Belkin’s sports director told TV2 that the team wanted to “repeat the good results from last year,” adding that the Tour “is long and anything can happen.”

newsinenglish.no staff