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Norway with tough choices for Worlds team

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July 26, 2013, 13:39,
July 26, 2013, 14:39
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, July 27, 2013
UCI Road World Championships
Dauphiné stage 3 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

Dauphiné stage 3 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

  • Dauphiné stage 3 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
  • Lars Petter Nordhaug (Blanco).
  • Tour of Austria stage 3 winner Thor Hushovd (BMC) on the podium
  • Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) on the podium

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Likely only three spots for four riders

Norway has a problem – four top riders but most likely only three spots in the World Championships. Two of those spots are filled, leaving selectors with a tough choice. The number of spots each nation will be awarded will be announced on August 15, with Norway figuring on receiving only three.

Edvald Boasson Hagen and Lars Petter Nordhaug are set for the team, as they are both expected to do well on the climbing course in Florence the end of September. That leaves Alexander Kristoff and former World Champion Thor Hushovd to fight it out for the final spot.

“Both Kristoff and Hushovd have said that they make themselves available for the national team for the Worlds,” coach Stig Kristiansen told “The next few weeks will be very important.”

“It is important to look at the performance of riders over the next few weeks, and listen to feedback from trainers and riders on their form,” Kristiansen said.

Hushovd (BMC Racing Team) will next ride the Tour of Poland, starting Saturday. Both he and Kristoff (Katusha) will ride the Arctic Race of Norway (August 8-11) and the Tour des Fjords (August 16-18).

Arne Kiers More than 1 year ago
Seems te me this should be an easy pick. I dont see how Kristov is usefull on this circuit
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
Or Hushovd
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
3 spots for 4 riders, how is that tough? some countries have over 100 pros all performing on the level to be an asset in the worlds, yet they can only send like 7 or 9
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
How on earth is this a tough choice on a medium mountain circuit? Kristoff the flatlander stays home. Easiest decision ever.
dhbemis More than 1 year ago
Neither Hushovd or Kristoff is going to be brilliant on the Tuscany circuit. For the sake of experience, give it to Kristoff (the younger of the two by 9 years) unless Hushovd really lights it up in Poland this week.
argyllflyer More than 1 year ago
What about the Sky classics guy Rasch - might be more use than both Hushovd and Kristoff.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
lol, Denmark is very like to have 6 spots - how come?