Rainy But Energetic Opener at Arctic Race of Norway

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Arctic Race of Norway, stage 1

Start/Finish: Engenes (Andorja)/Narvik, Norway

Distance: 156 kilometers

NARVIK, NORWAY – Martijn Verschoor started his first Arctic Tour of Norway on Thursday from the comfortable reclining chair of a boat. The Dutch rider and his teammates, along with the rest of the peloton, sat down on a fast ferry in the Harstad harbor and rode 30 scenic minutes to the island of Andorja to begin stage one.

In the race the sun shone brightly for the first hour, but after crossing a mountain pass and descending to the other side, rain began to fall, sending Verschoor and everyone else back to the team cars to find dry, warm clothing for the road to Narvik.

Rival teams took the opportunity to attack, sending seven riders into a breakaway with three minutes advantage, but the team of Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff came to the front and shut down the gap on the final 10km circuit in Narvik.

Belgium’s Dylan Teuns won the stage ahead of Norway’s August Jensen and the Italian rider Andrea Pasqualon.

Light rain showers will likely continue throughout the Arctic Race of Norway, but the August sunshine and astounding scenery are guaranteed every day. At more than 200km above the …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk