team dimension data's boasson hagen wins tour of valencia time-trial

16:30    07 Feb 2019

Edvald Boasson Hagen of team Dimension Data
Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen won stage 1 time trial at the 2019 Tour of Valencia in Spain on Wednesday.

The Team Dimension Data rider beat big names such as world champion Alejandro Valverde and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

Hagen completed the 10.2km run through the town of Orihuela in 12 minutes and 54 seconds (12:54).

Astana rider Ion Izagirre finished second, while Team Jumbo-Visma's Tony Martin settled for the third spot.

Boasson admitted that he was nervous with Valverde and Geraint behind him, but he managed to hold on to his lead.

“It was really nice to finally win again. I was nervous with Valverde and Geraint and I was watching them come up the last climb,” said Hagen on Velo News.

“Now I’ll take it day by day, I’ll fight as much as possible to keep the lead.”

The next two stages are over rolling terrain ahead of Saturday’s potentially decisive ride.

Saturday's race will feature first and second-category climbs before culminating in a sharp, 3.2km ascent.

Catch Tour of Valencia Stage 2 on Fox Sports 2 at 15h00 CAT on Thursday, 07 February.

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