Analytics in Action – Stage 19Blog
Eddy 'The Boss' Boasson Hagen finally gets his day
After four podium finishes in the sprints, Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD) finally tasted glory on stage 19.
After narrow defeats in previous stage-end gallops, Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD) delivered a brilliant ride to win stage 19. And this time, with a decisive victory. The Norwegian rider from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka decided to go full tilt in the breakaway to finally hunt down the stage win that had been eluding him until then. A perfect move to let go of his stage 7 defeat to Marcel Kittel (QST) by mere millimetres.
Boasson Hagen (DDD) made the most of the longest stage of this Tour: 222.5km from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence. Rather than waiting for a bunch gallop in the final stretch, he displayed raw power, averaging 46.7km/h in the last 2km. A speed none of his rivals could match.
A long, flat stage was an exciting prospect for many riders after almost three weeks of exhausting cycling all the way from Düsseldorf, Germany. Before the finish, half of the 22 teams participating in the 2017 Tour were still to taste success this July: Movistar, UAE, Orica-Scott, Katusha-Alpecin, Team Dimension Data, Lotto-Soudal, Cofidis, Fortuneo-Oscaro, BMC, Bahrain-Merida, and Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Most of the teams were involved in a 20-man breakaway. That group got away easily as the peloton was more satisfied with having the break succeed than preparing for a bunch finish.
The opportunities left for those craving a taste of victory are now very slim. On Saturday, everyone expects Chris Froome (SKY) to dominate the individual time trial, well on his way to a historic fourth overall win of the Tour. The finale in Paris always favours the big guns of sprinting, and only a handful of riders truly have the chops. Among the 167 riders still in the race, only one has ever risen his arms on the Champs-Élysées, and that’s Andre Greipel (LTS).
Key data highlights:
1.) Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD) had won a place on the podium four times on this Tour, but finally found his way to the top spot six years after his previous wins on the race. He's had two stage wins in 2011.
2.) With Ondrej Cink (TBM) and Timo Roosen (TLJ) forced to abandon, 31 riders have left the race.
3.) Stage 20's time trial will be the first one ever at Marseille, although the southern city featured 34 times on the Tour's route before.
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