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Tour of Norway: Stage 4 Report
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 5/18/2013
Tour of Norway: Stage 4 Report
 
2013 Daily Peloton

TOUR OF NORWAY – Stage four: Brumunddal – Lillehammer, 195km

Edvald Boassen Hagen takes the lead in his home tour with one day remaining


STAGE RESULT
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) - Team Sky 5:01:31
2. Sergio Paulinho (POR) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff +11”
3. Bauke Mollema (NED) – Blanco Cycling +29”
4. Sondre Holst Enger (NOR) – Team Plussbank +29”
5. Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI) – IAM Cycling +29”

OVERALL STANDINGS
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) - Team Sky 17:56:42
2. Sergio Paulinho (POR) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff +27”
3. Bauke Mollema (NED) – Blanco Cycling +44”
4. Sondre Holst Enger (NOR) – Team Plussbank +47”
5. Gaetan Bille (BEL) – Lotto-Belisol +49”

Edvald Boasson Hagen pulled out a stunning performance on home ground to win stage four at the Tour of Norway and claim the race lead. The Norwegian fired clear over the top of the Kinnshaugen climb and linked up with Sergio Paulinho (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on the run back into the centre of Lillehammer.

A tense chase ensued with 12 riders linking up to close down the plucky pair, but with a slender gap stabilising it was left to Boasson Hagen to kick again in the final kilometre, riding to an immensely popular solo victory by 11 seconds.

With overnight race leader Alexander Kristoff losing contact after a fierce pace had been set by Team Sky, the win moved Boasson Hagen into a 27-second race lead over Paulinho with one stage remaining.

Edvald Boasson Hagen, Team Sky Rider:

“It’s an amazing feeling to win here again. The team did a really good job today in controlling things from the start. After they’d done all the work other teams began attacking me and I decided to go by myself on the way to the finish. I’d planned to do that this morning and I wanted to try and either arrive alone or have someone to ride with. Everything went to plan.

“[The support here] is like the Tour de France. It is amazing that so many people come out to watch the race and cheer for me. There are more climbs tomorrow and it will be really hard. We need to keep focussed for one more day and hopefully I can stay in the yellow and green jerseys tomorrow.”

Servais Knaven, Team Sky Sports Director:

“That was some perfect riding today - from the whole team and especially at the end there from Edvald. He certainly showed some class today. “It was a strong ride but also pretty nervous for us following as the gap was never big. The whole team rode really well right from the start and then again on the final climbs. Ben [Swift] and Josh [Edmondson] did some great work there and we also had Mathew [Hayman] and Bernie [Eisel] using their experience to control things on the flat. Everyone played their part. “We’re going to do our best tomorrow. We are really close but the stage is tough again with a hard final. We need to have some guys there to protect the jersey but everyone is up for it.”


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