Boasson Hagen: I don't think many teams will be as fast as us

For the first time in five years, Edvald Boasson Hagen donned the colours of a new team. The Norwegian rider and his teammates tried on MTN-Qhubeka's new zebra-inspired team kit before it was presented to the world on Thursday evening. Boasson Hagen wasn’t allowed to wear it at the official presentation but got a chance to try it on for the official team photos. He will have to wait until January 1 before he can show off the distinctive kit in public.

The 27-year-old was one of the first of the eight riders that eventually moved to the African team this winter. The majority of the signings have been sprinters, with Matt Goss, Tyler Farrar, Theo Bos and Reinardt Janse van Rensberg – who has previously raced for the team - coming into the fold. None of the sprinters have ever raced together but Boasson Hagen is confident that they can make it work.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.