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Edvald Boasson Hagen could quit Team Sky

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Staying or leaving? Boasson Hagen considering his options. (©GettyImages)
Staying or leaving? Boasson Hagen considering his options. (©GettyImages).

Edvald Boasson Hagen is considering quitting Team Sky and there is a 50 percent chance the Norwegian will leave the British team after at the end of the season, according to his agent.

Several other teams, including Fernando Alonso's new team, are thought to be interested in securing the Norwegian's services, despite his disappointing results in the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix, reports cyclingnews.com.

Boasson Hagen is hoping to sort out his future before the summer's Tour de France. His place in the Sky team for the legendary Grand Tour is yet to be confirmed and the rider recently told procycling.no that he would like to ride the Giro d'Italia after Sky chose not to send a team to the Tour of Norway.

Birger Hungerholdt, Boasson Hagen's agent, told Norwegian paper Verdens Gang that while his rider feels happy at Team Sky he would welcome any interest from teams who could offer him peace of mind, good teammates, a good programme and a chance to ride for himself in a few races.

"There are many teams that have shown interest. We've an ongoing dialogue with some of them," Hungerholdt told the paper.

Since the creation of the successful team back in 2010, Boasson Hagen has been an integral part of Sky and has won 19 races with the team, including the Eneco Tour, the GP Ouest France-Plouay, the Vattenfall Cyclassics as well as two stages at the 2011 Tour de France.

This year's classics, however, have confirmed that he remains uncompetitive in the major one-day races.

After having to pull out of last year's Tour de France after he fractured his shoulder in a crash during stage 12, Boasson Hagen realises that it will be difficult to secure a place in Chris Froome's nine-man Tour de France team this year. Consequently, the Norwegian would like to test himself in the Giro d'Italia.

With Richie Porte pulling out of this year's Giro, Boasson Hagen would be liberated to go for stage victories and the points jersey. A good result in May would also earn him UCI ranking points which would certainly not harm his contract negotiations.

"I'm not out of the Tour de France discussions but I have to, like all the other riders, perform well to be in the final selection," Boasson Hagen told Procycling.no.

"I want to ride the Giro, so that's my plan now. The final selection is not ready yet, but I hope to ride."

Boasson Hagen has not yet been listed for the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday but has told Norwegian television that he is planning on participating in the one-day classic before preparations for the Giro d'Italia take complete focus.

Boasson Hagen has fond memories of the Cauberg climb that will see the finish of the Amstel Gold Race. It was there the Norwegian finished second in the 2012 world road race championships.

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