Team Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen has to sit out this Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix race because of an injury to his Achilles tendon. Greg Hendersen of New Zealand will take his place in the squad.
The 22-year-old Norwegian shares, “I still have pain when I’m riding harder training rides, so it’s not realistic to go to one of the toughest races of the season.”
Dave Brailsford of Team Sky agreed that Boasson Hagen’s decision is the best course of action regarding this matter, “We’ve assessed the situation from all possible angles and the conclusion is clear: he is not completely ready to race Paris-Roubaix.”
Boasson Hagen is one of the promising athletes in the cycling scene given that his UCI ranking has risen to third place this season. At the Tour of Oman last February, he came second.
Brailsford explains that Boasson Hagen’s health is of the utmost importance. “The most important thing, both long and short term, is Edvald’s health and we would under no circumstances let him ride with an injury of this type. He’ll now have a significant amount of time to receive treatment (and) get properly back on track for his next big goal, the Tour de France.”
Boasson Hagen is currently working with the team medics to be in great shape for the Tour de France in July.