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Norway TDF wins spur London 2012 hopes. Recent victories in Le Tour de France could mean Norway is in with a chance of cycling spots at next year’s London Olympics. As Thor Hushovd and Edvald Boasson Hagen continue their fights to the finish line in Paris this weekend, securing 15th place or higher in Monday’s UCI WorldTour Rankings 2011 will give a significant boost for Norway's chances. Should the rankings reflect this, “Edvald and Thor will have a completely different starting position for medals at London 2012,” says NRK’s cycling expert, Dag Erik Pedersen. Norway currently holds 22nd position

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Norway TDF wins spur London 2012 hopes

Published on Thursday, 21st July, 2011 at 11:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st July 2011 at 16:54.

Recent victories in Le Tour de France could mean Norway is in with a chance of cycling spots at next year’s London Olympics.

London 2012 Olympic park aerial view
London 2012 Olympic park aerial view
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As Thor Hushovd and Edvald Boasson Hagen continue their fights to the finish line in Paris this weekend, securing 15th place or higher in Monday’s UCI WorldTour Rankings 2011 will give a significant boost for Norway's chances.

Should the rankings reflect this, “Edvald and Thor will have a completely different starting position for medals at London 2012,” says NRK’s cycling expert, Dag Erik Pedersen. Norway currently holds 22nd position

Recent race performances by Hushovd and Boasson Hagen have been making headlines around the world, despite a temporary setback.

Arch rival Mark Cavendish, who now beats Hushovd at the Norwegian’s former traditional mass sprint successes, has also praised him for his “fantastic” abilities. “I think Thor Hushovd shows why he wears the rainbow bands of World Champion.”

Edvald Boasson Hagen’s father, Odd Erik, said his son’s victorious ride yesterday brought tears to his eyes.

“It’s such fun to watch the boy win a stage. We are now beginning to realise how great he is. Our neighbours rang to tell us they had hung the flag up just before he crossed the finish line. I said it was too early, but he made it. It was indescribable.”

The winner’s older brother, Stian, only realised what had happened after landing in Notodden by helicopter after turning his mobile phone on, saying, “There were 50 missed calls and an insane number of texts."

Nevertheless, in order to be in with a chance for London, Norway will have to hold 15th position for the rest of the season.

According to Steffen Kjærgaard, head of sports at Norges Cykleforbund, “We can only hope that Thor and Edvald and the other Norwegian pro-tour riders manage to deliver throughout the autumn. We are still walking a tightrope.”



Published on Thursday, 21st July, 2011 at 11:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st July 2011 at 16:54.

This post has the following tags: edvaldboassonhagen, thorhushovd, tourdefrance2011.





  
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