Why Edvald Boassen Hagen is a strong gold medal contender
My money is on Edvald Boasson Hagen to claim gold at the men’s Olympic road race.
Now that the Tour de France has finished all eyes are on tomorrow’s men’s road race at the London Olympics. Finding a commentator who hasn’t already given the gold medal to Mark Cavendish is a very difficult task indeed.
Luckily I am no commentator, just a keen fan of road cycling. Norwegian cyclist Boasson Hagenlike is a classy rider who could win on Saturday.
Boasson Hagen – or Eddy Boss as he is affectionately known – is an in-form rider who could easily get into a breakaway and take the gold medal back to Norway.
Boasson Hagen rode a great Tour de France working for Bradley Wiggins, setting some blistering tempos that saw many riders drop off. There is no doubt about his ability to read races.
Let’s also not forget whose wheel Mark Cavendish launched himself off on the Champs Elysee on Sunday. That’s right, Boasson Hagen.
I agree that Boasson Hagen can’t out sprint Cavendish but let’s be honest, who can?
As an Australian I would obviously love Matt Goss or Simon Gerrans to take victory. But in a breakaway Boasson Hagen is a contender for gold.
Boasson Hagen’s two stage wins in last year’s Tour de France came from breakaways. He’s the Norwegian road-race champion and has won stages at this year’s Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico.
He can time trial, he can sprint and he can very well win the men’s road race.
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