Edvald Boasson Hagen hopes to start in Tour de France for the 10th time
Jul 03 2020 08:38 pm CET

Edvald Boasson Hagen hopes to start in Tour de France for the 10th time
Edvald Boasson Hagen hopes to start in Tour de France for the 10th time
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NTT Pro Cycling's Edvald Boasson Hagen is motivated to start in his 10th Tour de France later in the year while he prepares for the restart of the season.

The former Norwegian national champion has already taken the victory at three stages of the French Grand Tour, being the most recent the 19th stage of the 2017 edition of the race. The rider is putting his hopes on being at the start line of the race in Nice in August as the dates were pushed as result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It would be great if I make the final selection for NTT Pro Cycling," Boasson Hagen mentioned. "I haven’t looked in too much detail at the parcours yet but I know that there’s a bit of everything (in) there. Hopefully there will be some stages where I can get my own chances but it’s also very important that we have some good success with the team, that’s the main objective. Having won three stages in the past I always think about wanting to win more, and I hope that this is the year to do that at the Tour.

"I’m always extremely motivated for the Tour. It’s strange obviously not being in July but maybe something new is also good. It might not be as hot at that time, so I just need to make the most of it and be prepared, and I will be."

The rider has spent the height of the pandemic in Norway, where he has been training and spending time with the family. "Preparation for the season is going well and I’ve been healthy," he explained. "I feel that I’m getting ready and starting to miss racing and the travelling, so it will be nice to get back to it soon.

"I’ve never spent this much with my wife, ever, for one period of time, so that’s also been nice and things are going really well, we’re not too bored of each other. She also of course misses working and doing her job (commercial airline pilot) but I hope that we all get back to work soon."




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