Tricky finale thwarts top result for BORA-hansgrohe in Arctic Race of Norway opener
After a one-year hiatus, the Arctic Tour of Norway returned to the racing calendar this week. A relatively short route of 142.5 km around the town of Tromsø in far Northern Norway was on today's menu. The first half of the race featured relatively flat terrain, yet on the three finishing laps the riders were to crest a short but steep climb, the last one appearing around eight kilometres before the finish. After the final remaining breakaway rider was caught with 12 km of racing left, the attacks started in all earnest, with M. Hoelgaard ultimately prevailing in Tromsø. Rudi Selig was the highest-placed BORA-hansgrohe rider, crossing the finish line in the second group in 33rd place.
01 M. Hoelgaard 3:11:29
02 A. Kristoff +0:02
03 B. Coquard +0:02
33 R. Selig +0:20
From the Finish Line
"We tried to ride for Rudi and Martin. The final lap was not so easy, with a climb of about 1.5km. That's why we tried to place them well so they would go into the climb at the front. We hoped that they would come over the climb with the first riders and then be able to join in the sprint. But they lost the connection to the first group and so a result in the sprint was no longer possible. Otherwise, everyone in the team worked well together and rode a good race. Towards the overall ranking we don't have anyone with us, so we have to concentrate on the few sprint stages. Tomorrow there is another sprint and so we will try everything again to get a good result there." - Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director