Preview: Tour of Norway

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The Tour of Norway commences tomorrow and Team Dimension Data will look to defend Edvald Boasson Hagen’s title at the 5 stage UCI 2.HC event.

Edvald Boasson Hagen won the Tour of Norway last year, after taking two stage wins in the race. He
finished as runner up at the tour in 2014 and 2015, after winning the race overall in 2012 and 2013. This year, Boasson Hagen returns, with ambitions of retaining the race title.

The five stage course suits our Norwegian rider, with four of the five stages being hilly stages. Stage three should be a day for the fast men, and Boasson Hagen has proven himself to sprint with the best on any given day. Lining up beside him are Nic Dougall, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Nic Dlamini, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Merhawi Kudus.

Reinardt Janese van Rensburg will take to racing for the first time this year, after a persistent injury ruled him out of racing for the first half of the season.

Racing gets underway with 186km running from Svelvik to Horten and will finish in Lillehammer on Sunday.

Gino van Oudenhove – Sports Director
“The Tour of Norway will be an exciting week for us in many ways. Eddy is defending his title in addition to racing on home soil for him as well as for me. We also have the return of Reinardt to racing. We have a really good set up here and will support Edvald in the best possible way.”

Line-up:
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Nic Dougall
Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier
Nic Dlamini
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Merhawi Kudus

Cover image explained:
The Viking Ship Museum located at Bygdøy in Oslo, just few kilometres from Asker where stage 2 finishes, has the world’s best-preserved and largest viking ship, the Gokstad ship.
The Gokstad ship is a 9th-century viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad, not far from Horten that hosts stage 1.
Expect to see some Norse-style scuffles on the routes to Lillehammer; the home town of our very own Edvald Boasson Hagen.