Edvald Boasson Hagen will skip this weekend’s Tour of Flanders but hopes to be able to race Paris-Roubaix later next month.
Team Sky officials announced Wednesday said Boasson Hagen has not fully recovered from the nagging tendonitis that forced him to miss last week’s Ghent-Wevelgem.
“We’re making a prudent decision regarding Edvald’s injury and by way of a precautionary measure. This is definitely the right thing to do,” said senior sports director Scott Sunderland. “He is on the right road to recovery, but since he still has some problems with his Achilles, we’re not taking any risks. By doing so, he’ll still be able to train progressively on Paris-Roubaix and hopefully be able to make his mark there.”
Boasson Hagen, a winner of three races so far in 2010, started to feel pain in his Achilles tendon during Milan-San Remo last month. He skipped defending his title at Ghent-Wevelgem last week in hopes of being ready in time for Flanders, where he would have lined up as one of the outside favorites for victory.
Boasson Hagen said it’s disappointing to miss Flanders, but is confident the decision will benefit him in the long run.
“I’m sad to miss out on the Tour of Flanders as I have been looking forward to this race for a long time,” he said in a team release. “I still haven’t got completely rid of my tendonitis though, so I need to save myself a little so I can still be competitive in Paris-Roubaix. This is clearly not what I had hoped for, but I’m very hopeful that I have a good chance of getting ready for Paris-Roubaix and that race is still a very big goal for me.”
Team Sky officials said Boasson Hagen, 22, will be replaced by Greg Henderson in this weekend’s Flemish classic.
The news comes a day after Heinrich Haussler and Andreas Klier (both Cervélo TestTeam) announced they would not be able to start Flanders. Haussler, runner-up last year at Flanders, is recovering from a knee injury while Klier, second in 2005, suffered a concussion at E3Prijs Vlaanderer on Saturday.