Tour of Britain #4: Boasson Hagen stays in contention overall

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did well to control stage 4 of Tour of Britain. In the technical final, Edvald Boasson Hagen got boxed in but managed to stay upright and he continues to sit well in the general classification.

Wednesday’s stage started out in a high pace with numerous attacks. Ultimately, after 25 km, five riders got away and the peloton seemed content with the situation. The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders did well to keep the breakaway in check and as the pack took on the last 50 km, the gap was down to just two minutes. However, soon-after, a big crash occurred in the peloton. The big group slowed down a little, which instantly saw the gap to the break increase once again.

From here on, it became a nail-biting cat-and-mouse-game between the peloton and breakaway. At one point, it seemed like the front group might make it all the way but with three kilometers left to go, it all came back together again.

The teams of the sprinters worked hard to position their designated leaders and in a technical final, unfortunately, Boasson Hagen got boxed in. The 30-year-old Norwegian never got to launch his sprint and had to settle for 23rd place with Mark Renshaw just in front of him. Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) took the win, while Elia Viviani finished second and is the new overall leader of the race. Boasson Hagen is fourth in the general classification, just seven seconds down.

Edvald Boasson Hagen:
“Once again, the guys were great. Jay [Thomson] and Scott [Thwaites] did a good job controlling and then bringing back the break. The final was pretty hectic, especially as we thought the break could make it at one point. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have the best position today. However, I’m happy I stayed safe as there were some tricky parts at the end. We are still in a good position for the GC and we have everything to race for”.