May 15 2009
Edvald Boasson Hagen is rapidly turning into one of the best riders of his generation, and I’ve gotta say, I love watching him win. Today’s Giro stage was a quality addition to his palmares, especially given the conditions and the presence of Robbie Hunter, one of the better sprinters in the pro peloton, in the final selection.
EBH played it cool, dropping the tempo to a crawl as he ended up on the front of the paceline, and then letting his breakaway companions chase down the inevitable attack. His jump at 120 meters to go was authoritative, giving him several bike lengths practically before the others could react.
Hunter might have given the Norweigan a run for his money, but he set up on what was obviously the wrong wheel. Not that I could have done any better in Hunter’s place, but it would have taken a lightning bolt to keep me off Boss Hogg’s wheel in the finale of this stage.