Edvald Boasson Hagen to spearhead Team Sky's Tour Down Under challenge

Norwegian joined by Hayman, Eisel, Sutton, Thomas, Stannard and Rowe in strong line-up for 2013 UCI WorldTour opener

by Simon_MacMichael   December 12, 2012  

Edvald Boasson Hagen TDF 2011 picture credit Team Sky.jpg

Edvald Boasson Hagen will spearhead a strong Team Sky line-up when the 2013 UCI WorldTour season gets under way in and around Adelaide with the Santos Tour Down Under next month.

Joining the 25-year-old Norwegian in the British ProTeam’s line-up for the race, which begins on 22 January, will be CJ Sutton, a past stage winner, plus Mat Hayman, Bernie Eisel, British National champion Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe and Geraint Thomas, back on the road after helping secure Olympic gold in the team pursuit in London this summer.

Race director Mike Turtur, himself an Olympic gold medalist in that event as part of the Australia team at Los Angeles in 1984, believes Boasson Hagen could also challenge in the Down Under Classic criterium on 20 January, the traditional curtain-raiser to the stage race itself.

“There’s always plenty of excitement when cyclists take to the track for the first time in this 51-kilometre closed circuit race,” he explained.

“Boasson Hagen finished second to André Greipel in this year’s Down Under Classic and I’m sure it will again be a close battle to the finish line.”

Turtur, recently ousted as president of the Oceania Cycling Confederation in part because of a perceived conflict between that role and his being race director of the Tour Down Under, highlighted some of the wins taken by Boasson Hagen during 2012, including the Norwegian national road race and stages of Tirreno-Adriatico and the Critérium du Dauphiné.

“Along with these victories, Boasson Hagen was second in the UCI Road World Championship road race, third overall in the Tour of Beijing and seventh overall in the Santos Tour Down Under, where he took out the Jayco Sprint Jersey,” Turtur added.

“He is certainly a rider to watch and we look forward to welcoming the entire Sky Pro Cycling team back to South Australia next month for the first race on the UCI WorldTour calendar.”

Former Sky rider Kurt-Asle Arvesen, who retired from racing last year, will be sports director, and the race will be shown live each day on Sky Sports HD.

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Sky Sports really need to get more cycling coverage. I know Eurosport covers much of it, but you'd think being a major team sponsor they would want a piece of the action!

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posted by jdstrachan@yaho... [53 posts]
18th December 2012 - 13:56

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Could this be EBH's year? So far he seems to have lacked consistency and/or the tactical genius needed to really hit the big time (not knocking his achievements, but just saying he seems to have the physical capability to do something spectacular). Hopefully he'll put it all together this year - he can be very exciting to watch and he seems like a nice guy too.

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18th December 2012 - 14:02

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step-hent wrote:
Could this be EBH's year? So far he seems to have lacked consistency and/or the tactical genius needed to really hit the big time (not knocking his achievements, but just saying he seems to have the physical capability to do something spectacular). Hopefully he'll put it all together this year - he can be very exciting to watch and he seems like a nice guy too.

But surely last year he buried himself for Wiggins in the Tour, where he was a stage winner the year before, and Cav was more the flat sprinter. This year he should have more chances to shine and he's getting closer to his physical peak as well.

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20th January 2013 - 15:29

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