Boasson Hagen aims for gold

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Cyclist hopes for World Cup gold

“If all goes well, I can probably fight to the very top,” said Edvald Boasson Hagen to NRK as he prepared to fly to Australia for the World Cup. The World Cup takes place place in Melbourne, Australia Sept. 29- Oct. 3.

The Norwegian cycling team stood at the check-in desk at Gardermoen Oslo airport for over a half hour before departure to Australia via Bangkok. Boasson Hagen was in good spirits and joked and laughed along with teammate Alexander Kristoff.

Boasson Hagen does not hide the fact he would like to have Kurt Asle Arvesen on the team for the World Cup.

“We rode a lot together, and I would have liked to seen Kurt with us. But I think the three of us going to do well,” said Boasson Hagen.

In addition to Boasson Hagen, Thor Hushovd and Alexander Kristoff are traveling to the world championships. Head coach Steffen Kjærgaard think all three can compete in the championship.

“Our riders are running strong and can be a tough race long before the sprint,” said Kjærgaard.

“We are traveling a week earlier than we tend to. We want to have time to adjust to the time difference and climate,” he said.

Alexander Kristoff’s role in the championship is mainly to encourage the others, but he does not hide that he’s going to sprint for the opportunity to offer them.

“It is important that he is with and learn with a view to next year’s World Championships in Copenhagen and the Olympics in London in two years,” said Kjærgaard.

Source: NRK

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