Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) believes he is on track to peak at the Tour de France after claiming victory on stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
The Norwegian national champion, who won two stages of the Tour in 2011, outsprinted Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) to win in Tarare.
“It’s a good boost,” said Boasson Hagen. “I’m aiming to get in better shape for the Tour de France and it looks like I am heading in the right direction, so I’m happy about that.”
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) put Boasson Hagen in prime position for the bunch sprint before peeling off to tee-up his team-mate for victory.
Thomas is the best-placed Brit in seventh overall going into Wednesday’s 32.5km individual time trial, where team leader Chris Froome, who is currently 11th overall, will look to move up the standings.