Professional Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen made what commentators called a “heroic” effort to win the weekend’s overall Tour of Norway cycling race, but succeeded only in winning the last lap. Hagen sailed into the southern city of Sarpsborg way ahead of the pack.
It was Hagen’s second straight win in a row in the five-day race that began Wednesday, but it wasn’t good enough to beat Pieter Weening of the Netherlands, who won the tour.
Sarpsborg, celebrating its 1,000th anniversary this year, was chosen as the site for the finish line in the race, which began in Drammen on Wednesday and headed for 174 kilometers south along the coast to Langesund. On Thursday the race covered 211 kilometers from Kragerø on the coast up to the mountains of Rjukan before taking off for another 168 kilometers on Friday from Rjukan to Geilo.
On Saturday the cyclists pedaled 174 kilometers from Flå to Eggemoen before the final lap on Sunday of 163 kilometers from Drøbak to Sarpsborg.