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Edvald Boasson-Hagen sat in the breach asking for victory on Wednesday on the Spin-wild stage of the Tour de France, but he froze.
It’s fun to be a part of the fight. She’s always there at the Tour de France, especially when I really shouldn’t be there, Boasson-Hagen tells TV 2.
– I was one of the first to go. We worked really well together and it was a nice ride. It is definitely sour. It’s always sad to lose, especially when it’s been so long ago. We can only try one more time, says the 35-year-old.
Boasson-Hagen went next when Neilson Powless tried to run with one kilometer left to finish. The troops then finished a few hundred metres, and Roadspigding had to see Simon Clark claim victory, while Taco van der Horn followed in second.
– I had to be patient. When Powless went to, I prayed for someone else to panic before me. I tried to give Ewald some space, and he swallowed the bait. Then I started looking for it, Clark says.
It was first reported that Edvald Boisson Hagen was one second behind the leader’s yellow jersey, but a strong strong finish by Wout van Aert kept the Belgian in the lead. Boasson-Hagen is number three on the summary, 14 seconds behind van Aert.
The Danish impasse: chaos in Jumbo Visma
Jumbo Fisma is in trouble
Edwald Boisson Hagen started an early break with Magnus Court and Taco van der Horn. Eventually, he joined the trio of Nelson Bowles, Alexis Jugerd, and Simon Clarke.
Boasson-Hagen and the six-man quarry got quieter during the first cobbled sections than the main field and its remains. Jumbo-Visma was in big trouble with both the captains, Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard, who had accidents. Wout van Aert was also on the ground.
However, the Jumbo-Visma stars weren’t the only ones to have major problems. Alexander Kristof, who was one of the candidates before the stage, broke through the third cobbled section with about 50 kilometers remaining. The Norwegian is no longer in the battle for stage victory.
In the second set sat overall favorite Tadej Pogacar, and when he attacked Jasper Stuyven in his third last cobbled match, he got the Slovenian phenomenon. Stuyven and Pogacar took over the hunt for Boasson-Hagen and the rest of the break, but it didn’t go for the duo.
– I should be cooler
Four riders from the original six-man break entered the race together. Simon Clarke was the strongest, ahead of Taco van der Horn and Edvald Boisson Hagen. The Norwegian had to use force to catch Nelson Paulis by one kilometer to the finish line.
– I think it happens when I catch him again, but I froze in total when he had 300-400 meters left. That was sour. It was a good day in the break, except for the last two kilometres. It was bad (not winning). I should have been a little cooler in there and waited. I was sure it was driven anyway, so it was just “shooting,” says Poisson Hagen.
Jonas Weinggaard is 21 seconds behind Tadej Pojacar in the summary, while Primus Roglic has more than two minutes ahead of his compatriot.
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