Boasson Hagen to miss Omloop Het Nieuwsblad through illness

Team Sky rider sidelined by a cold

Edvald Boasson Hagen will sit out the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend due to illness.

"I'm glad I got the cold now," he said, according to nieuwsblad.be. "It would have been worse if it had come later in connection with Paris-Roubaix."

The 24-year-old Norwegian, who races for Team Sky, has shown he is on good early season form after winning stage 2 of the Tour of Algarve last week.

In 2011, he finished 41st in the Belgian classic, but in 2010, he was sixth.

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