Boasson Hagen leads experienced Dimension Data team at Paris-Roubaix
12 April 2019 07:32
Edvald Boasson Hagen will head up a strong and experienced Dimension Data team at this year's Paris-Roubaix in a determined bid to kickstart the African WorldTour team's slow start to the season. The Norwegian will be looking to improve on his best finishing position of fifth at the 2016 race – the year when Australia's Mat Hayman took the top prize – and will start his eighth Roubaix in Compiègne, France, on Sunday. On hand to assist him will be the vastly experienced Lars Bak and Bernie Eisel, who between them have ridden 'The Hell of the North' 27 times. Bak will be starting his 13th Roubaix, while Eisel has ridden – and finished – the race 15 times before, making Dimension Data one of the most experienced squads to be taking on the cobbles of northern France this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Boasson Hagen has taken one of only two wins for Dimension Data this season, with victory in the individual time trial at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February. The only other win came from Giacomo Nizzolo on the final stage of the Tour of Oman later that month. Boasson Hagen tried again at Wednesday's Scheldeprijs, attacking with Wallonie Bruxelles' Lionel Taminiaux with 13km to go, before leaving the Belgian behind to go solo. However, the 31-year-old was caught just 3km from the finish, and the race came down to a bunch sprint, in which Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen won for the second year in a row. "My form is certainly getting better, although I'm not where I was hoping to be this spring, having to play catch-up since getting sick," said Boasson Hagen on his team's website.
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