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by Shane Stokes
September 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) was first across the line but would lose the victory. Photo by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Speaking in the wake of his relegation from first to 109th on stage two of the Tour of Britain, Edvald Boasson Hagen acknowledged his drift from right to left, but insisted that it wasn’t intended to disadvantage Elia Viviani.
“I know that I closed in Viviani but it wasn’t on purpose,” he said. “I was just sprinting for the line with my head down and when I looked up, I was too close on the left side with Viviani on my inside.”
The Norwegian was initially named winner of the stage but, following a protest by Viviani’s Sky team, the race judges decided that the deviation from his line meant that Boasson Hagen should lose his victory. “It’s really a pity after all the hard work the guys did today,” he said. “However, we will keep fighting and try to go for it again tomorrow.”
Boasson Hagen has had a very successful season, taking two stages plus the overall in the Tour of Norway, three stages and the overall in the Tour des Fjords, winning his country’s time trial championship and taking stage 19 of the Tour de France plus five other top-three finishes in the race.
He won the Tour of Britain in 2009 and 2015.