Carl Fredrik Hagen: This season has been much better than I expected

Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Vuelta a España seems to throw up revelatory results every year, and the 2019 edition of the race was no exception. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal) was among the stand-out performers in September, taking eighth place in Madrid at the end of his first-ever Grand tour.

The Norwegian, who made the step up from the Continental team Joker Icopal this year, rode a remarkably steady race for a debutant, moving into sixth overall in Andorra, and never looking in danger of dropping out of the top 10 over the remaining 12 stages.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix