NTT Pro Cycling’s Edvald Boasson Hagen says that he’s looking forward to the racing season to resume, as he eyes selection for what will be a 10th Tour de France later this year.
The 33-year-old Norwegian has won three stages of the Grand Boucle, the most recent of which was stage 19 of the race in 2017. Previous victories saw him win twice in 2011, on stages six and 17 respectively.
The 2020 season is scheduled to resume in late July following the suspension of the calendar as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With preparations for a return to racing in full-swing, the Norwegian admits his eyes are set on Nice in late August: “It would great if I make the final selection for NTT Pro Cycling. I haven’t looked in too much detail at the parcours yet but I know that there’s a bit of everything (in) there.
“Hopefully there will be some stages where I can get my own chances but it’s also very important that we have some good success with the team, that’s the main objective. Having won three stages in the past I always think about wanting to win more, and I hope that this is the year to do that at the Tour.”
“I’m always extremely motivated for the Tour. It’s strange obviously not being in July but maybe something new is also good. It might not be as hot at that time, so I just need to make the most of it and be prepared, and I will be. “
Boasson Hagen has been based at home in Norway during the height of the pandemic and says that he’s been training well: “Preparation for the season is going well and I’ve been healthy. I feel that I’m getting ready and starting to miss racing and the travelling, so it will be nice to get back to it soon.”
“I’ve never spent this much with my wife, ever, for one period of time, so that’s also been nice and things are going really well, we’re not too bored of each other. She also of course misses working and doing her job (commercial airline pilot) but I hope that we all get back to work soon.”
Countryman Rasmus Tiller has provided company as a valuable training partner for Boasson Hagen. Tiller (23) is in his second season at WorldTour level and someone that Boasson Hagen rates highly as a future prospect.
“It’s really nice to have Rasmus on the team, during the course of the last two seasons, and we’ve been training almost every day together in Norway which has been great.
“He will be really strong in the Classics and in the leadouts, those sorts of races. I think he will shine on the Cobbled Classics for sure in the future, so I look forward to seeing him there!”