Four Norwegians start in Tour de France

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For the first time in 25 years, four Norwegian cyclists will be taking part in the Tour de France. The legendary race was to start rolling this weekend and run through July 21.

Alexander Kristoff, age 28 from Stavanger, and Edvald Boasson Hagen, age 29 from Lillehammer,  are among the “veterans” cycling again in the Tour de France. Both have won two stages of earlier races.

Two Norwegian newcomers making their debut in Le Tour are Vegard Breen, age 26 from Nannestad, and Sondre Holst Enger, age 22 from Horten. Enger is a sprinter who has performed well in the Tour of Norway and placed third in the Under-age-23 World Championships in 2013. Breen is an “all around” cyclist who won the Ronde de l’Oise in 2013 and cycles for Fortuneo-Vital Concept of France.

The race, which will cover 3,534 kilometers over the next three weeks, begins in Mont-Saint-Michel. TV2 will be covering the race for Norwegian television viewers. staff