Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to victory in Friday’s Dutch Food Valley Classic in Holland.
The 23-year-old Norwegian out-kicked last year’s winner, Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), to claim his sixth win on the 2010 season. A five-man breakaway was reeled in the late-going of the 209.9km race to set up a bunch sprint.
“It was 210km today but it actually wasn’t that hard for Edvald as he was well protected throughout so that should stand him in good stead on Sunday and beyond,” said Team Sky race coach Rod Ellingworth on the team’s web page. “The four of them did a good job and then all did as much as they could in the closing stages, with CJ Sutton finishing it off nicely for Edvald to bring it home.”
It was Boasson Hagen’s first race since the Tour de France and sets him up perfectly for the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Germany on Sunday and next week’s Eneco Tour, where he will start as defending champion.
The victory takes Team Sky’s tally of stage/one-day wins in their debut season to 15, with Boasson Hagen responsible for five of them as well as being part of the team time trial success at the Tour of Qatar. Boasson Hagen’s sixth win of the year was at the Norwegian national time trial championship.
Dutch Food Valley Classic was formerly called the Veenendaal-Veenendaal and is ranked as a 1.HC event on the UCI EuropeTour.
The team also report that Kurt-Asle Arvesen will replace Russ Downing in Team Sky’s line-up for Sunday’s Vattenfall Cyclassics.
The team also announced that Bradley Wiggins will not race the Eneco Tour due to a death in the family.