Edvald Boasson Hagen proved, once again, to be in great shape as he represented Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in the group of favorites on the final climb of today’s queen stage.
Despite this being a day for the pure climbers, Boasson Hagen didn’t hold back as the peloton took on the final climb. On the 17 km long ascent to Terminillo, our Norwegian champion gritted his teeth and hung on to the leading group for an impressively long time.
In 2015, the last time the peloton in Tirreno-Adriatico finished on the climb, the riders crossed the line covered in snow. This time, luckily, the weather was more agreeable. However, with snow at the side of the road, it wasn’t exactly a warm day for the riders either. After a long fight, Boasson Hagen had to let go when the top favorites began to attack. He finished the stage in 42nd place as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took win and the blue leader’s jersey. In the general classification, Boasson Hagen is now 37th.
Edvald Boasson Hagen:
“I didn’t feel at my best when we started the stage but as the race went on, my legs began to feel better and better. On the final climb, I was feeling okay so I decided to test the legs. Keeping a good pace was also a way of staying warm as we reached the snow line. I’m happy with how today went”.