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by Matt de Neef
May 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia; Jens Keukeleire wins the Baloise Belgium Tour; Edvald Boasson Hagen wins Tour des Fjords; Marianne Vos wins Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik for a third time; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan, Nathan Earle second; Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio goes back-to-back with French double; Quintana believes late sickness cost him the Giro; Stijn Vandenbergh released from hospital, two weeks after crash; Transcontinental Race to continue in 2017; Davide Cimolai hit by a car in training; Vulpine saved from administration by Mango Bikes; Giuseppe Fonzi’s Giro nod to Happy Days; Behind the scenes of Tom Dumoulin’s Giro win.
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) has continued his impressive form on home soil, winning the Tour des Fjords just a couple weeks after his overall victory at the Tour of Norway.
Boasson Hagen won the last three stages of the Tour des Fjords — stages 3 and 5 in reduced bunch sprints, and stage 4 after a late attack that saw him catch the breakaway 300 metres from the finish line.
Boasson Hagen had been second overall coming into the final stage, five seconds behind Dries Van Gesteld (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), but time bonuses saw the 30-year-old secure his first overall victory at the five-stage UCI 2.1 event.
“I am really very happy to have won today’s stage and the overall but it wouldn’t have been possible without the team,” Boasson Hagen said later. “The race has been difficult to control but the guys were riding so well all week. Today again, the team was in control and brought back all the dangerous moves.
“It was really close in the final today and I knew I still needed one second after getting some bonus seconds in the stage, but I could see the guys were tired in front. I made it a very long sprint and it’s great to have been able to pull it off.”