My money’s on Boasson Hagen in the Men’s Olympic Road Race

Now that the Tour de France has finished all eyes are on tomorrow’s Mens Road Race at the London Olympics and trying to find a commentator who hasn’t already given the Gold medal to Mark Cavendish is a very difficult task indeed. Luckily I am no commentator, just a keen fan of road cycling and I would like to offer up a classy rider who can win on Saturday and that is the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Boasson Hagen or Eddy Boss as he is affectionately known is an inform rider who could easily get into a break away and take the Gold medal back to Norway. Boasson Hagen rode a great Tour de France working for Bradley Wiggins, setting some blistering tempos that saw many riders drop off and there is no doubt about his ability to read races. Let’s also not forget whose wheel Mark Cavendish launched himself off on the Champs Elysee on Sunday. That’s right, Boasson Hagen. I agree that Boasson Hagen can’t out sprint Cavendish but let’s be honest, who can? Obviously as an Australian I would dearly love Matt Goss or Simon Gerrans to take victory but in a break away Boasson Hagen is a contender for Gold.

Boasson Hagen’s two stage wins in last year’s Tour de France came from breakaways. He’s the Norwegian Road Race Champion, and he has won stages at this year’s Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico. He can time trial, he can sprint and he can very well win the Mens Road Race.

Published on http://www.theroar.com.au 28/7/12

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