Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Boasson Hagen
Personal information
Full name Edvald Boasson Hagen
Nickname Eddy the Boss[1]
Born (1987-05-17) 17 May 1987
Rudsbygd, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Dimension Data
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter, all-rounder
Professional team(s)
2006–2007 Maxbo–Bianchi
2008–2009 Team High Road
2010–2014 Team Sky
2015– MTN–Qhubeka
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2011)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2009)

Stage races

Eneco Tour (2009, 2011)
Tour of Britain (2009, 2015)
Glava Tour of Norway (2012, 2013)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012, 2015, 2016)
National Time Trial Championships (2007–2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
Gent–Wevelgem (2009)
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2011)
GP Ouest-France (2012)
Infobox last updated on
7 January 2015

Edvald Boasson Hagen[2] (born 17 May 1987) is a Norwegian professional road racing cyclist riding for the UCI WorldTour team Team Dimension Data.[3] He was ranked as no. 3 in the world by UCI as of 31 August 2009, when he was 22 years old.[4] He is known as an all-rounder, having won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships in 2012[5] and 2015. He is also a seven-time winner of the Norwegian National Time Trial Championships.

Professional career



Boasson Hagen joined the Norwegian continental team Maxbo–Bianchi in 2006 and in his first season in the continental circuits he took eight wins including three stages of the Tour de l'Avenir.[6]

In 2007 he enjoyed a successful season and scored fifteen wins, ending up second in number of victories behind ProTour sprinter Alessandro Petacchi. But, after the disqualification of the Italian in May 2008 for doping, Alessandro Petacchi lost 5 stage wins in the 2007 Giro resulting in Boasson Hagen having the most victories. Boasson Hagen won the overall classification as well as stages at Paris–Corrèze, Ringerike GP and Istrian Spring Trophy. He also took stages at Tour of Ireland, Tour de Normandie and Tour de Bretagne as well as the Norwegian time trial championship. As a result of these achievements, he finished fifth in the individual point standings of 2006-2007 UCI Europe Tour. In early 2007 it was announced that for 2008 season he would leave Team Maxbo Bianchi for the German UCI ProTeam T-Mobile Team.[7] In late 2007 it was announced that Deutsche Telekom was to end sponsorship of T-Mobile Team with immediate effect. The team continued under the name Team High Road.[8]

Team High Road


Boasson Hagen during the prologue of the 2009 Eneco Tour, in the Norwegian National Time Trial Champion jersey

Boasson Hagen began the 2008 season with a fifth place in the prologue of Tour of California, ahead of established time trial specialists like David Millar and Gustav Larsson. He later won the concluding individual time trial of Critérium International ahead of teammate Tony Martin and the Grand Prix de Denain. He also finished second at the Commerce Bank Reading Classic and became the Norway National Time Trial Champion for the second year in a row. Later in the year he competed in the Beijing Olympics Road Race, finishing 71st, and entered the ProTour race Eneco Tour aiming for the overall classification. He finished third in the prologue and was well placed in the following stages when in the fifth stage the front of the peloton split in the strong crosswinds and left him 14 minutes behind the leaders. Boasson Hagen lost any chance of overall victory but made up by winning the following stage in Brussels by passing Jimmy Engoulvent in the final fifteen meters of the race.[9] At the Tour of Britain he won three stages and the points competition.


In 2009 he won the cobbled classic Gent–Wevelgem in a two-man sprint against Liquigas rider Aleksandr Kuschynski. He also rode in the Giro d'Italia, his first ever Grand Tour, where Team Columbia won the Team Time trial, Boasson Hagen won the seventh stage in a sprint and finished second in the sixth and eighth stages. In the Tour de Pologne he won the fourth and sixth stages to finish third overall, and secure Norway ten riders in the upcoming UCI Road World Championships. Hagen also won his first stage race in 2009, the Eneco Tour, confirming his huge talent, and rising to third overall in the world ranking in August. Later in 2009 Boasson Hagen finished his season by winning four of the eight stages in the Tour of Britain, and winning the race overall. After months of rumours, it was official on 10 September 2009 that Boasson Hagen would be joining Team Sky from the 2010 season, along with fellow Norwegians Lars Petter Nordhaug and Kurt Asle Arvesen.[10]

Team Sky


Boasson Hagen at the 2011 Tour de France; he won two stages during the race.

Boasson Hagen started his first race with Team Sky in the Tour of Qatar. After an impressive effort and stage win in the opening team time trial, Boasson Hagen secured 3rd and 6th-place finishes as his best results. In the Tour of Oman one week after the race in Qatar, Boasson Hagen won two stages, including the final stage in which he beat world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara by seventeen seconds in the individual time trial. With this win Boasson Hagen claimed second place in the overall classification, taking the young riders jersey and winning the overall points classification. Boasson Hagen won the seventh stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. He also retained his national time trial title.


In 2011, Boasson Hagen again finished second in the Tour of Oman, also winning the points jersey for the second year running.[11] Boasson Hagen won the 1st stage of Bayern-Rundfahrt,[12] and went on to win the points jersey, as well as helping team-mate Geraint Thomas win to first overall in the event.[13] He won the Norwegian National Time Trial Championships for the fifth year running in June, but then contracted an illness that put his Tour de France in doubt.[14]

He did recover though, and was given the go-ahead to ride the Tour.[15] He won stage six of the Tour, the first ever victory by a British-registered professional cycling team in the Tour de France.[16][17] Boasson Hagen finished second to compatriot Thor Hushovd on stage sixteen after the pair were in a three-man breakaway with Ryder Hesjedal.[18] The next day he was again in a breakaway, and broke clear on the final climb of the day to take his second stage win of the Tour.[19] Boasson Hagen finished second to Mark Cavendish on the final stage on the Champs Elysees.[20] In August, Boasson Hagen took a clean sweep of the jerseys at the Eneco Tour, winning the event overall, as well as the points and young riders competitions, and finishing first on the final stage.[21]


Boasson Hagen began the 2012 season with a second place to André Greipel in the Down Under Classic.[22] After three top-five placings in stage finishes, he took the lead of the sprints classification after the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under[23] and held the jersey until the end of the race. Boasson Hagen took the lead of the Volta ao Algarve after winning the second stage with a well-timed uphill sprint. He lost the race lead to team-mate Richie Porte on the next stage, after setting Porte up on the final climb, but he won the points jersey. He also won a stage of Tirreno–Adriatico, and acted as lead out man for Mark Cavendish. Boasson Hagen had a disappointing classics campaign, failing to post any major results. He did return to form at his home race, the Tour of Norway, winning the race overall, the points and young rider jerseys, and stage four which finished in his home town, Lillehammer.

In June 2012, Boasson Hagen won the Norwegian National Road Race Championships to take the national jersey for the first time; he did however lose his time trial national championship jersey to Joker–Merida's Reidar Borgersen. Boasson Hagen was selected in the Sky squad for the Tour de France. He finished fifth in the opening prologue in Liège, then took third on stage one, after bridging across to Peter Sagan and Cancellara in the closing stages, but being unable to beat them both in the sprint. He also finished second to Sagan on stage three, another hilltop finish. At the end of August, Boasson Hagen took the victory in the one day World Tour race the GP Ouest-France. He broke away from the bunch with a little more than two kilometers to go, caught and dropped the remaining man in front, Rui Costa (Movistar Team) on the last uphill section and descended to the finish solo. He denied the sprinters in the eighty-man chasing group a chance at victory by holding on to a five-second advantage.[24]

Boasson Hagen after winning stage 3 of the 2013 Criterium du Dauphine


Boasson Hagen began the season with the stated ambition of winning one of the Spring classics,[25] but failed to attain any notable results.[26] However, Boasson Hagen returned to defend his title at the Glava Tour of Norway. After finishing as runner-up in two of the previous sprint stages, Boasson Hagen sparked a two-man breakaway with Sérgio Paulinho to win the fourth stage and consequently both the overall and points classifications.[27] Boasson Hagen would follow this up with a sprint victory on stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné.[28]


2014 was Boasson Hagen's worst year of his career in the fact that he did not record a single stage win. On 14 August, Boasson Hagen announced that he would leave Team Sky at the end of the 2014 season.[29] On 27 August, Boasson Hagen announced that he would join African UCI Professional Continental Team MTN–Qhubeka on a 2-year deal.[30]

MTN Qhubeka & Dimension Data

Boasson Hagen at the 2015 Tour de France.


After finishing second overall of the Tour of Norway,[31] Boasson Hagen picked up his first win in two years at the Tour des Fjords, on the last stage of the race. He outsprinted a small leading group of four units to accomplish the feat.[32] In June, Boasson Hagen won the National Time Trial Championships and the National Road Race Championships after jumping from the chasing group to join the lead group in the final kilometer. He won the title in a close sprint. In the final kilometers of the 2015 Richmond UCI Road World Championships, Boasson Hagen refused to cooperate with Greg van Avermaet to close the 10 seconds gap to later winner Peter Sagan. Most likely reason for Hagen not to put an effort in the chase was his fellow countryman and sprinter Alexander Kristoff who was in the main peloton just seconds behind the duo. Hagen eventually finished 20th, just 3 seconds behind the winner.


Boasson Hagen enjoyed a return to form in the early part of the 2016 campaign; taking three stage victories at the Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman, holding race leader jerseys in both races.

Career achievements

Major results

1st National Under-19 Road Race Championships
1st National Under-19 Road Race Championships
1st National Under-19 Time Trial Championships
1st Scandinavian Open Road Race
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 2, 5 & 7
Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Stage 3 Ringerike GP
1st Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
2nd GP Aarhus
2nd National Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
1st Prologue
1st Overall Paris–Corrèze
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Overall Ringerike GP
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 5
Tour de Bretagne
1st Stages 2 & 7
7th Overall Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 8
1st Stage 4 Tour of Ireland
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Grand Prix de Denain
Tour of Britain
1st Sprints classification
1st Stages 4, 5 & 7
1st Stage 3 Critérium International
1st Stage 6 Eneco Tour
2nd Commerce Bank Reading Classic
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Points classification
1st Stages 3, 4, 5 & 6
1st Overall Eneco Tour
1st Points classification
1st Stages 6 & 7 (ITT)
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 7
1st Gent–Wevelgem
2nd Trofeo Sóller
2nd Trofeo Calvia
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 4 & 6
4th Monte Paschi Eroica
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Dutch Food Valley Classic
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 7 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Points classification
1st Young Rider classification
1st Stages 3 & 6 (ITT)
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics
2nd Chrono des Nations
3rd Overall Eneco Tour
1st Points classification
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Eneco Tour
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 6
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
Tour de France
1st Stages 6 & 17
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Points classification
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Overall Glava Tour of Norway
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
1st GP Ouest-France
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
1st Points classification
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd UCI World Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Points classification
7th Overall Tour Down Under
1st Sprints classification
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Glava Tour of Norway
1st Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd National Road Race Championships
3rd Team time trial, UCI World Road Championships
5th Cancer Council Helpline Classic
8th Overall Tour of Qatar
9th E3 Harelbeke
2nd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2nd Japan Cup
3rd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
6th Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
1st National Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5 Tour des Fjords
2nd Overall Tour of Norway
4th Overall Arctic Race of Norway
6th Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 2
10th Milan–San Remo
1st National Road Race Championships
1st National Time Trial Championships
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st green jersey Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 7 Eneco Tour
2nd Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stages 4 & 5
3rd Trofeo Felanitx-Ses Salines-Campos-Porreres
5th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3
5th Paris–Roubaix
6th Overall Tour of Oman
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 5
6th UCI World Road Race Championships
10th GP Ouest-France

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Stages won 1         0  
Mountains classification           NR  
Points classification 6         NR  
Tour DNE 116 53 56 DNF-12 DNE 82
Stages won   0 2 0 0 0
Mountains classification   60 31 58 NR 58
Points classification   6 6 5 NR 14
Stages won         0
Mountains classification         24
Points classification         8
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification


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