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Team News | 22.08.2021

Matthew Walls takes his first professional victory on final stage at Tour of Norway as Ide Schelling gets home with GC second

The fourth and last stage of the Tour of Norway was supposedly the flattest stage of the tour with about 1200 meters of elevation on 156 kilometers. Immediately after the start, a group of 7 riders was able to break away from the peloton and gain a maximum lead of over four minutes. The BORA-hansgrohe team also took part in the chasing work in the main field over long periods in order to catch the escapers again. Despite the largely flat route, the riders had three final laps with the short but up to 14 percent steep ascent to Grisabakken. Due to the technical route to the foot of the ascent, the pace in the main peloton was kept extremely high even before the first crossing and the distance to the breakaway decreased almost by itself. On the last ascent to Grisabakken, the peloton split up due to the high speed and only a smaller group, in which three BORA-hansgrohe riders were represented, were about to sprint for the victory. About two kilometers from the finish it was Nils Politt who opened the finale and prepared the sprint for Matthew Walls on his rear wheel. Thanks to an extremely strong leadout by Politt and a well-timed sprint by Walls, no other rider was able to pass and Matthews Walls secured his first professional victory. Ide Schelling crossed the finish line in 22nd place with the same group without any loss of time and was thus able to maintain his second place in the overall standings.

Results

Stage 04

01 Matthew Walls                   3:25:16

02 M. Pedersen                          +0:00

03 D. Hoelgaard                         +0:00

 

General Classification

01 E. Hayter                  15:15:00

02 Ide Schelling                  +0:15

03 M. Teunissen                 +0:25

 

From the Finish Line

„I am super happy with my first pro victory today. Big thanks to the whole team and especially Nils for the perfect leadout over the last couple of kilometers. I was not quite sure how my shape is going to be after the Olympics and I did not expect anything here but I am more than happy that it worked out and I could finish it off!“  – Mattew Walls

„I think we had a next to perfect day today. The team did a great job and kept us safe the whole day. I am happy that Matthew could finish it off and win the stage and that I was also able to secure my second place in the GC. So there is not much more you can ask for.“  – Ide Schelling

„Today was a successful day for us and honestly all our plans worked out as we planned it on paper. We wanted to control the breakaway, what we did with Erik most of the time and in the finale it was about to prepare the sprint for Matthew. Nils did a perfect leadout and Matthew was able to finish it off and get his first pro victory. Also Ide was super strong today and could stay up in the GC, so not much more we could ask for. I am very happy to end these four days of racing here in Norway like this. “  – Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Director

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