After sprinting to victory yesterday, Edvald Boasson Hagen doubled up to win stage 4 of the Tour des Fjords today. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider beat Torkhil Feyhe (ColoQuick-Cult) to the line and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty Groupe Gobert) finished 3rd.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started today’s stage with a clear plan to gain back time on the overall classification and this was evident as we controlled the peloton for the first 30km, not allowing a break to get away until after the bonus sprint. Boasson Hagen won the bonus sprint to gain 3 seconds on the overall classification and only then, was a 3 rider break allowed to go clear.
The break got up to a 7-minute lead before we committed our African Team to the chase. It was no surprise that no other teams wanted to help with the chase but our guys did a fantastic job to slowly reel in the escape over the 162km stage. Coming into the final, the peloton was split all over the final circuit, as we chased down the remaining breakaway rider with 5km to go.
With just 4km to go, Boasson Hagen was still 35-seconds behind the lead rider, Fehye. Our Norwegian Champion then took matters into his own hands with a powerful surge over the final kilometers and manged to catch Feyhe with just 200 meters to go, going straight by him to take the stage win. The peloton came home 3 seconds later, ensuring Boasson Hagen narrowed the gap to just 5 seconds from yellow jersey leader, Dries van Gestel (Sport Vlaanderen).
Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider
It’s fantastic to take the victory again. The team was excellent all day and the guys worked really hard to pull the break back. At the end, nobody was willing to help us so I had to go. It worked out perfectly in the final. We also gained a few seconds on GC with the bonus seconds so there is still all to race for tomorrow. It will be a difficult day but the team is good so we will do our best.