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2009 champion Edvald Boasson Hagen returns to Aviva Tour of Britain

Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:17

2009 champion Edvald Boasson Hagen returns to Aviva Tour of Britain

2009 Tour of Britain winner Edvald Boasson Hagen will return to the Aviva Tour of Britain as he leads the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team in the eight-stage race from September 6 to 13.

It will be the first time that the Norwegian has ridden in the Aviva Tour of Britain since he won the 2009 edition when he took four stages en route to victory.

Fellow stage winner Gerald Ciolek, who took victory between Carlisle and Kendal in 2013, will also return as part of a strong six-rider line-up.

Joining him in the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung line-up will be Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot, who made history at the Tour de France by becoming the first African rider to wear the iconic polka dot King of the Mountains jersey.

Serge Pauwels will also come to the Aviva Tour of Britain off the back of a strong Tour de France, having finished a career best 13th overall before going on to finish second in last weekend's test event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Road Race.

The final two members of the provisional MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung line-up are former Tour de France stage winner Tyler Farrar and South African Reinardt Janse van Regensburg.

"I have good memories from winning stages in the Aviva Tour of Britain in the past, and look forward to come back to race there again," said Boasson Hagen.

"My form has been pretty good over the last few weeks, so I hope to get some good results in some of the stages."

Boasson Hagen, who is the reigning Norwegian National Road Race Champion, has twice before ridden in the Aviva Tour of Britain – in 2009 when he took both the Yellow and Points Jerseys, and in 2008 when he won three stages and the Sprints Jersey.

Race Director Mick Bennett said: "We are always pleased to welcome back former winners of the Aviva Tour of Britain so are delighted to see Edvald returning to the race."

"This is a very strong line-up from MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, showing a real sign of intent and their ambitions towards the race.

"In particular we are excited to welcome Daniel Teklehaimanot to make his debut at the Aviva Tour of Britain after his strong showing in the Tour de France."

Stage One of the Aviva Tour of Britain will be shown live on ITV between 1pm and 4pm, with subsequent stages shown live on ITV4.

ITV4 will also broadcast a one hour highlights programme the evening of every stage. British Eurosport will also show live coverage and highlights of the race in the UK.

Live coverage and highlights will also be shown worldwide in excess of 120 countries.

The Aviva Tour of Britain is British Cycling's premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world's best teams and riders competing on their door step.

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