Boasson Hagen wins sprint finish

Wed, 06 Jun 16:24:00 2012

Team Sky strengthened its grip on the Criterium du Dauphine as Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen clinched the squad's 26th victory of the season and Britain's Bradley Wiggins continued as race leader.

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Unaffected by a big crash in the middle of the peloton within sight of the finish, Boasson Hagen easily won a fast and furious downhill bunch sprint ahead of Germany's Gerald Ciolek and Slovenian Borut Bozic.

Sky's 26 wins make them the second most successful team of the season behind top Belgian Classics squad Omega-Pharma Quick Step, who have 30.

"It's a nice day for the team, we have the yellow jersey and we did a good job to keep Bradley up there," said Boasson Hagen, a former Tour de France stage winner and victorious in his home race, the Tour of Norway, last month.

"It wasn't easy, but I got a good gap, and I'm happy. We're riding really strongly right now, with the lead for Bradley and now a stage win for me."

Belgian Classics top rider Philippe Gilbert attempted to ambush the pack as it roared into La Clayette but his bold move fizzled out 500 metres from the finish.

Defending champion Wiggins remains in the overall lead ahead of the race's first big challenge on Thursday, a 53.5 kilometre individual time trial. Australian Cadel Evans is in second, a second back, and Ukrainian Andriy Grivko in third.

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"We'll keep our fingers crossed for Bradley," said Boasson Hagen, "but it's going well so far."

The race finishes on Sunday in Chatel.

Reuters

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  1. concentrate on the racing guys and the good­ points!,dont feed the trolls,leave them to starve.

    From Freddybee, on Thu 7 Jun 19:22
  2. Ignore Elizabeth, she's a tree hugger!

    From Tuggo, on Thu 7 Jun 11:26
  3. He was tipped as the most talented all-round future­ talent in the peleton a few years ago wasn't he.­ Always seemed to start his sprints a little early up­ until his win in the Tour last year which I think did­ him a world of good. Confidence is everything isn't­ it, the ability to hold back and trust yourself. Looked­ a little trimmer on the podium the other day however,­ could be the hi-tech Sky diet or just losing a bit of­ puppy fat. Having said that, not hugely different to­ Ulrich or even Vino back in the day. Great rider for­ Sky if he's in the tour however. May well be­ Cav's one man lead out in the sprints, then on the­ front for Wiggo on the flat when required. Great­ talent, certainly an asset.

    From Duncan101, on Thu 7 Jun 10:56
  4. Elisabeth, :-), B Haggen is great but he looks like a­ couch potato who doesn`t even go out to vote. I­ remember his interview after winning a stage in TDF­ 2011, he didnt look like a cyclist, not at all :-).­ Watched cycling during Indurians and Armstrongs era,­ never seen anything like that :-). Wouldnt be surprised­ if we see skinny Boasson Haggen saying " I am a­ climber but started my career as a sprinter... hehe

    From JON, on Thu 7 Jun 10:34
  5. Schleck bashers getting mad at Cavendish basher,­ hypocrites. A lot of us are fed up with the 3-4 guys­ who come here just to bash Cav and you, Schleck­ Bashers, you are no different. You`re all the same. He­ is saying some idiotic things about Cav, just like the­ allegations you pull out of thin air /the boarder line­ insults you post about the Schlecks. ( Thumb me down I­ don`t mind... am just calling things by their name).

    From JON, on Thu 7 Jun 10:04
  6. what a superb result for eddie boz and team sky,­ another notch and another day's stage tomorrow,­ superb racing

    From Marty, on Thu 7 Jun 5:42
  7. Where is Mr. Shleck? ohh down there..

    From Ijan, on Thu 7 Jun 4:23
  8. If nobody gives the 'cretin' a thumbs up it­ will remain hidden and we can get on with proper­ comments.

    From Terry, on Wed 6 Jun 21:28
  9. Eddy Boz...Eddy merckx said he's fat & needs to­ lose weight!!

    From Elisabeth, on Wed 6 Jun 20:30
  10. oh no!,the cretin has awoken from his slumber!,but he­ still not learnt anything about bike racing though!.

    From Freddybee, on Wed 6 Jun 19:45
  11. Ignore him, he's only winding us all up.

    From Terry, on Wed 6 Jun 19:43
  12. you're a proper one trick pony aren't you!­ It's going to be another long year having to put up­ with your puerile drivel.

    From RiChArD, on Wed 6 Jun 18:55
  13. great stuff 'team sky;!!

    From spartacus, on Wed 6 Jun 18:35
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