Team MTN-Qhubeka Signs Edvald Boasson Hagen
Commenting on the contract with Boasson Hagen, MTN-Qhubeka team principal Douglas Ryder told RoadCycling.com "We are really excited to welcome Edvald Boasson Hagen into Team MTN-Qhubeka. We believe he is one of the best riders in the world and we look forward to seeing him achieve great results for himself as well as mentor our young African talents."
"In the last 2 years of racing as a Pro Continental team we have seen our riders develop and perform really well. The team has come a long way because the riders love the opportunities they are getting and they try and make every opportunity count. We want to become one of the best teams in the world to assist the African riders to get into the biggest races in cycling and (signing Boasson Hagen is) a huge step in that direction," Ryder explained.
27-year-old Boasson Hagen is very happy with his decision to move on from Team Sky. "It's been five great seasons with Team Sky, but the time has come to seek new challenges. MTN-Qhubeka has a very good platform and a framework that fits me very well, so I'm sure this is a very good choice for the next seasons."
"After some consideration this is the team I most of all want to ride for in the future. They are upgrading the team for next season, but already this year they have received wild cards for most of the races I would like to do in the 2015 season. The team takes part in the Vuelta a Espana right now, which is their first Grand Tour."
"For next year MTN-Qhubeka is targeting the Tour de France. So I feel safe about the race program, and I really look forward to focus on new goals in the MTN-Qhubeka jersey. I have seen their African riders race this year and I hope to help them with my experience as they are great talents. The other thing I really enjoy is this team does not just race for themselves but for a charity," Boasson Hagen concluded.