Edvald Boasson Hagen remains on the transfer market with dsm-firmenich no longer an option

Norwegian determined to continue his career but Dutch team prefer to keep their options open

ClockUpdated 10:23, Wednesday 18th October 2023. Published 10:02, Wednesday 18th October 2023
Edvald Boasson Hagen riding for TotalEnergies

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Edvald Boasson Hagen riding for TotalEnergies

Edvald Boasson Hagen will not race for dsm-firmenich in 2024, with the Dutch team choosing to keep their options open over the final few spaces on their men's roster.

Boasson Hagen, 36, is out of contract at the end of this year and will not sign an extension with his current squad TotalEnergies.

Last weekend it was reported that the rider was in contract talks with dsm-firmenich but, while GCN can confirm that discussions took place no firm offer was made for the rider. It’s believed that the team will instead look at other options.

Dsm-firmenich are currently set at 28 confirmed riders for next year and, while they appear open to negotiate with athletes, they also want to consider promoting riders from their development team during the next campaign.

The team have been busy on the transfer market already this year, having signed their former rider Warren Barguil from Team Arkea Samsic over the summer.

Fabio Jakobsen, from Soudal QuickStep, is arguably their marquee signing for next year, while two riders – Patrick Eddy and Enzo Leijnse – have been promoted from the development team.

Boasson Hagen’s next move remains unclear. While he holds a huge amount of experience on the road, and boasts an incredible palmarès, his results this year have been disappointing, with just a handful of top-10s in races outside of the WorldTour.

The three-time Tour de France stage winner hasn’t taken a victory since 2019 but he remains determined to race next season.

Speaking to Discovery, Boasson Hagen said that he turned down a contract from another team because it was set at minimum wage.

“In order to get a new contract in such a market, you have to be upfront, and I have been upfront over the last few months and am talking to some teams. I haven't lost faith and have some options. I've been cycling for a long time and don't want to cycle for free."

“There are some teams that have indicated that I can ride for them if I want, but that I would be on minimum wage. I still want to cycle, but it must still be worth it."

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