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Arctic Race of Norway
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:46 »
This year's Arctic Race of Norway started yesterday, just when your regional forum contributor was travelling back from a week in the wilderness of ... Arctic Norway! As a direct consequence this isn't a preview, but a review of the first stage and (eventually) a preview of the rest.

Stages:
1. Engenes (Andørja) - Narvik 156.5 km
2. Sjøvegan - Bardufoss airport 184.5km
3. Lyngseidet - Finnvikdalen (Tromsø) 185.5 km
4. Tromsø - Tromsø 160.5 km


The two first stages are in the Hålogaland region of southern Troms and northern Nordland region, the two last stages are in the Tromsø region. The Lyngen - Finnvikeidet stage is a new design, the other 3 are variants on familiar stages from earlier years.

Start list
(Important riders are subjectively highlighted by yours truly:)

#katusha Team Katusha-Alpecin // Switzerland
1. Alexander Kristoff
2. Rein Taaramäe
3. Sven Erik Bystrøm
4. Reto Hollenstein
5. Michael Mørkøv
6. Jhonatan Restrepo
D.S: Claudio Cozzi

#bmc BMC Racing Team // USA
11. Dylan Teuns
12. Floris Gerts
13. Amaël Moinard
14. Danilo Wyss
15. Bram Welten
D.S: Klaas Lodewyck

#aquablue Aqua Blue Sport // Ireland
21. Matthew Brammeier
22. Martyn Irvine
23. Peter Koning
24. Michel Kreder
25. Calvin Watson
D.S: Tim Barry

#vlaanderen Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise // Belgium
31. Eliot Lietaer
32. Aimé De Gendt
33. Kenny De Ketele
34. Kevin Deltombe
35. Maxime Farazijn
36. Jarl Salomein
D.S: Hans De Clercq, Walter Planckaert

#joker Joker Icopal // Norge
41. Kristoffer Halvorsen
42. Carl Fredrik Hagen

43. Markus Hoelgaard
44. Bjørn Tore Hoem
45. Anders Skaarseth
46.  #champno Rasmus Fossum Tiller
D.S: Gino Van Oudenhove, Svein-Erik Vold

#directenergie Direct Energie // Frankrike
51. Jonathan Hivert
52. Romain Cardis
53. Antoine Duchesne
54. Fabien Grellier
55. Tony Hurel
56. Adrien Petit
D.S: Thibaut Mace

#didata Team Dimension Data // Sør-Afrika
61. Bernhard Eisel
62. Ben O’Connor
63. Nicholas Dlamini
64. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul
65. Adrien Niyonshuti
66. Jacobus Venter
D.S: Rolf Aldag

#astana Astana Pro Team // Kasakhstan
71. Matti Breschel
72. Karl Patrick Lauk
73. Zhandos Bizhigitov
74. Andriy Grivko
75. Truls Engen Korsæth
76. Artyom Zakharov
D.S: Dmitri Sedoun

#sunweb Team Sunweb // Nederland
81. Sindre Skjøstad Lunke
82. Max Kanter
83. Leon Rohde
84. Bert de Backer
85. Zico Waeytens
D.S: Luke Roberts

#coop Team Coop // Norway
91. August Jensen
92. Ole Andre Austevoll
93. Krister Hagen
94. Håkon Lunder Aalrust
95. Øyvind Lukkedal
96. Håvard Blikra
D.S: Olav Aleksander Benjaminsen, Gilbert de Weerdt

#nippo Nippo-Vini Fantini // Italy
101. Damiano Cunego
102. Alessandro Bisolti
103. Joan Bou
104. Pier Paolo De Negri
105. Eduard Michael Grosu
106. Hiroki Nishimura
D.S: Valerio Tebaldi

#fortuneo Team Fortuneo Oscaro // France
111. Franck Bonnamour
112. Daniel McLay
113. Kenny Molly
114. Erwann Corbel
115. Arnold Jeannesson
116. Boris Vallee
D.S: Yvon Caer

#wanty Wanty-Groupe Gobert // Belgia
121. Yoann Offredo
122. Simone Antonini
123. Brecht Dhaene
124. Tom Devriendt
125. Andrea Pasqualon
126. Robin Stenuit
D.S: Jean-Marc Rossignon

#cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Credit // Frankrike
131. Dimitri Clayes
132. Loïc Chetout
133. Dorian Godon
134. Hugo Hofstetter
135. MIchael Van Staeyen
136. Kenneth Vanbilsen
D.S: Alain Deloeuil

#tss Team Sparebanken Sør // Norway
141. Andreas Vangstad
142. Eirik Bruland
143. Herman Dahl
144. Ludvik Aspelund Holstad
145. Mathias Skjold
146. Trond Håkon Trondsen
D.S: Atle Kvålsvoll, Sebastian Kvålsvoll

#delko Delko Marseille Provence KTM // France
151. Daniel Diaz
152. Quentin Pacher
153. Mikel Aristi Gardoki
154. Asbjørn Kragh Andersen
155. Jonathan Couanon
156. Gatis Smukulis
D.S: Hristo Zaykov, Arvis Piziks

#veranclassic WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect // Belgium
161. Sebastien Delfosse
162. Roy Jans
163. Alex Kirsch
164. Lawrence Naesen
165. Olivier Pardini
166. Christophe Masson
D.S: Thierry Marichal, Christophe Brandt

#ccc CCC Sprandi Polkowice // Poland
171. Simone Ponzi
172. Leszek Plucinski
173. Jakub Kaczmarek
174. Jonas Koch
175. Nikolay Mihaylov
176. Michael Paluta
D.S: Gabriele Missaglia

#gazprom Gazprom-Rusvelo // Russia
181. Alexander Porsev
182. Aleksey Rybalkin
183. Pavel Brutt
184. Ivan Savitskiy
185. Aleksey Tcatevitch
186. Nikloay Trusov
D.S: Aleksei Markov

#novonordisk Team Novo Nordisk // USA
191. Javier Megias Leal
192. Charles Planet
193. Joonas Henttala
194. David Lozano Riba
195. Martijn Verschoor
196. Christopher Williams
D.S: Massimo Podenzana

#fixit Team FixIT.no // Norway
201. Bjørnar Vevatne Øverland
202. Elias Angell Spikseth
203. Marius Blålid
204. Jon Sæverås Breivold
205. Åsmund Løvik
206. Veli-Matti Manninen
D.S: Adrian Gjølberg, Jan Roger Jensen

First stage: Engenes (Andørja) - Narvik 156.5 km

Andørja is about as mountainous as Andorra, and one might expect a rather steep course for the day. However,  in Northern Norway's spacious landscape,  roads are generally built along the fjords and in the valleys, not up the mountain-sides. This leaves the mountains for sheep and the reindeers and,  bike-race vise - few opportunities for climbers, even if the landscape looks like a saw's blade from a distance.

I came in just in time to watch the final 30 kms yesterday, and saw rain, Rombaksfjorden and the Narvik harbour. The finishing circuit in Narvik has been used before, and it is perfect for this race, featuring a challenging climb to Skistua that will challenge the heavier riders. Personally I think it was regrettable they only did it once, but maybe doing it three times would have led to the same result, at least when it comes to the winner. As long as  #katusha Rein Taaramäe (GC winner here on the same course in 2015) punctures in the final, no one could really challenge the strong #bmc Dylan Teuns who appeared to win without exhausting his resources.  Behind him a pack of riders more often counted among the sprinters, such as #coop August Jensen and #katusha  #champeu Aleksander Kristoff was involved. #coop Jensen is probably world leader in top-10 this year, regardless of race category. However, the victories appear not to come that easily. Let's hope it is not far away, as he is heading for 30 top-10 by the year's end and that alone should morally justify a few more wins :)

Norwegian TV is (still)  more focused on Karsten Warholm's 400m hurdles, so Jensen's swearing in the finish line interview yesterday hasn't been receiving much attention (and rather juicy swearing is more or less a regional tradition in Northern Norway). Basically, he said: "@#$!%!"#!!!! ! I had the legs to follow Teuns, why didn't I do that....? "

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 13:02 »
    Stage 2: Sjøvegan - Bardufoss airport (184.5 km)

    I am still catching up on the previews...this one is already on the way so I guess it is not preview and not review either, perhaps just "view" or of course "live and updated view on the stage", that probably sells better.

    There is no breakaway drama and the finishing circuit looks like a sprint is most likely.


    Favorite:
    #katusha #champeu Aleksander Sprintoff

    Challengers:
    #joker #rainbow Kristoffer Halvorsen
    #coop August Jensen
    #gazprom Alexander Porsev
    #fixit Veeli-Matti Maninnen

    meet in the live chat if you are watching!



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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 16:54 »
    Wrap of stage 2:
    • leadout was decisive in airport runway finish, easy win for #katusha Sprintoff #champeu
      • textbook (as in 2nd grade) leadout by #katusha Mørkøv after Hollenstein did the placement
      • #joker's train crumbled and Halvorsen had to lead out himself, which did not work in this setting
    • #bmc Teuns keeps leader's jersey
    • stage otherwise remembered for: #astana Korsæth not counting number of laps on finishing circuit right

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 19:43 »
    What's this about "Not So Special" Breschel punching Jensen today?
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 22:40 »
    What's this about "Not So Special" Breschel punching Jensen today?

    hmm..apparently he did, but no one wants to tell why



    anyway, tomorrow there's

    Stage 3: Lyngseidet - Finnvikdalen (Tromsø) 185.5 km



    The decisive part of the stage is probably the final climb up Finvikdalen with an MTF at about 280 meters above sea level. This being the Arctic means that 280 meters above sea level, vegetation-wise it is the equivalent of the high alpine zone, with little tree cover. This means a wind exposed climb at least the first two-thirds of the way and maybe also all the way to the top depending on wind direction and strength.

    Before that there's a start in some of Norway's less well known beautiful Fjord Terrain (Lyngenfjord) and few speed bumps to deal with along the way, but it is hard to get to any other conclusion than #bmc Dylant Teuns will win this stage and cement the overall win today. Alternatively #katusha Rein Taramee may take the stage, but he is a long way down on GC due to a puncture on the first stage.

    There's always the possibility for an unexpected win. A rider like #tss Andreas Vangstad or #joker Carl Fredrik Hagen may be allowed to go and maybe #sunweb Sindre Lunke has a few trix up his sleeve. Strong winds could also upset the orderly progression!

    In the GC there's a whole lot of people <30 secs down, so this race is not over yet! However, you need to be stronger than Dylan Teuns and BMC to win...



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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 07:42 »
    What's this about "Not So Special" Breschel punching Jensen today?

    it's not the first time these reports have come through, has a temper.
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 07:45 »
    stage otherwise remembered for: #astana Korsæth not counting number of laps on finishing circuit right

    Oh, I did feel for him. That sinking feeling as he approached the line ... full gas, the glances back, and you think surely not,,, he can't think...and then he did. Ah well, he joins a great group of riders and seems to have taken it in good part.
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 11:19 »
    anyway, tomorrow there's

    Stage 3: Lyngseidet - Finnvikdalen (Tromsø) 185.5 km



    The decisive part of the stage is probably the final climb up Finvikdalen with an MTF at about 280 meters above sea level. This being the Arctic means that 280 meters above sea level, vegetation-wise it is the equivalent of the high alpine zone, with little tree cover. This means a wind exposed climb at least the first two-thirds of the way and maybe also all the way to the top depending on wind direction and strength.

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 12:20 »
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #9 on: August 12, 2017, 13:03 »
    Tailwind expected for the approach to the final climb, then crosswind on th climb itself. Perhaps not so strong as to make a big difference.
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 13:36 »
    Oh, I did feel for him. That sinking feeling as he approached the line ... full gas, the glances back, and you think surely not,,, he can't think...and then he did. Ah well, he joins a great group of riders and seems to have taken it in good part.

    #astana Korsæth interviewed concerning today's stage: "there are no laps, and that's an advantage for me, but we will go for Grivko today!"

     :cool
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 16:32 »
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    #astana Korsæth interviewed concerning today's stage: "there are no laps, and that's an advantage for me, but we will go for Grivko today!"

     :cool
    Just watching now. Truls looking mighty fine in the VIKING jersey and irritating the heck out of the break ... ;p
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #12 on: August 12, 2017, 17:57 »
    (trumpet sounds)
    (drums)
    (even more trumpets AND drums!)

    Finally, he nailed it! #coop August Jensen wins the queen stage of this year's Arctic Race of Norway on the line (photo finish) defeating #bmc Dylan Teuns. After just one less top-10 this year than Peter Sagan has.....it was about time and really well deserved!

    The performance was quite remarkable as Teuns is ina really good shape and fourteen days ago not even (exactly) Peter Sagan could defeat Teuns. Of course, there were tactical elements such as Teuns being forced to close gaps on the climb in Finnvikdalen, but tactics are allowed in bike racing, right?

    The level Jensen is performing at now should point to a world tour team rather than a pro-continental team. I hope his link to Cycling Academy isn't that firm.

    The finishing climb is about 11 minutes worth watching, I am going to see if it is on youtube in which case I'll post a link!

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #13 on: August 12, 2017, 17:58 »

    Silly ASO.
    Red is reserved for >10%, not 6-7! :fp
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #14 on: August 12, 2017, 18:11 »
    Silly ASO.
    Red is reserved for >10%, not 6-7! :fp

    ehmm..no, I don't agree!

    Choose any color scale you like for your your data, but if you do, include the color scale!
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #15 on: August 12, 2017, 18:33 »
    Here's a video of the last kilometer, courtesy of the ASO and YouTube. Note it doesn't really show why Teuns is lacking punch but at least it shows how Jensen advances from 6th position over the last few hunders meters to take the win. No one finished quicker today.

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 19:39 »
    (trumpet sounds)
    (drums)
    (even more trumpets AND drums!)

    What you want is :fanfare :fanfare :fanfare

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    The level Jensen is performing at now should point to a world tour team rather than a pro-continental team. I hope his link to Cycling Academy isn't that firm.

    The only WT name I've heard him linked with is Cannondale......

    LottoNL-Jumbo would be a good fit in my opinion.
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #17 on: August 13, 2017, 00:39 »
    Silly ASO.
    Red is reserved for >10%, not 6-7! :fp

    with Aso, >10% has always been black, as far as I can remember
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #18 on: August 13, 2017, 07:58 »
    with Aso, >10% has always been black, as far as I can remember
    And black should be >15%! :P

    Like t-72 says, include the colour scale, and all's well.

    But in my mind, it ought to be
    blue = flat
    green = below 5%
    yellow = 5-10%
    red = 10-15%
    black = >15%
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #19 on: August 13, 2017, 10:56 »
    Does anyone know if there was any action taken re the Hofstetter vs Korseth incident yesterday?
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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #20 on: August 13, 2017, 11:15 »
    OK, a little preview for today's final and last stage

    4. Tromsø - Tromsø 160.5 km

    This is a modified version of the final stage of the second Arctic Race (in 2014), won by #katusha Alexander Kristoff ahead of #bmc Thor Hushovd.  Modifications are primarily which hills are used for the laps on the island of Tromsø. There are different ones and more variation this time, but the stage retains the profile of an initial fjord cruise followed by an action-packed hilly finish.
    The parcours should fit #bmc Dylan Theuns good enough so he remains the favorite for GC.



    This time, they will use Langnesbakken and Røstbakken (not Holtbakken which was used in 2014).  The top of the island is more or less a plateau at about 100m above sea level and either of the two hills basically leads up there and then there will be a descent back to the road around the island, at 1-4 meters above sea level.

    This means that the finish is more hilly than the previous time and if #katusha Alexander Sprintoff hangs on he should try for Liege-Bastogne-Liege next year. (I can't see that happening, but he's got a good start to his monument collection so....). The laps are a bit complicated, so here's the map trying to explain it:



    It looks like 4 times up Langnesbakken to Præstvannet and then 4 times up Røstbakken as well, but don't shoot me if I get that wrong. The hills are both listed as 1.1 km at 7.5 % but locals agree on Langnesbakken being harder with 10-12 % sections so this is probably where #bmc Teuns can make the race.

    For the GC, the big question is maybe not what Kristoff does (I can't see him distancing Teuns unless someone throws a truckload or 12 of randomly placed cobbles into one of those climbs) but if #coop August Jensen can hang on? He climbs better than Kristoff (on a single climb, at least :S) and he sprints better than Teuns and he is only 3 seconds down. His ambitions pre race was an overall win (and that is pretty ballsy when you're on a conti team facing WT dudes) - but he thought he blew it all by not following Teuns in the finish on the first stage. That may still be the story, but it could take some exiting racing for Teuns to take it there.

    #aquablue Michael Kreder and #vlaanderen Elliot Lietar are the only others witin 30 secs on GC, they will need more than just a stage win to take victory, but it could be possible with an attack in the hills.

    A final word on the descent into Tromsø. It is not long, but can be done extremely fast if you are a good descender and it was the site of Thor Hushovd's carreer-ending attack in 2014 (he faded, and Kristoff caught up to take the win).

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    Re: Arctic Race of Norway
    « Reply #21 on: August 13, 2017, 19:28 »
    As expected, #bmc Dylan Teuns was in a league of his own today. Both teamwise and tactically BMC did a very good job getting into a position where they basically could not loose GC at the base of the last climb.

    Also in terms of being the strongest rider for the hilly parcours, BMC and Teuns was best today, and he proved that by attacking halfway up the last climb and opening up a 20 second gap, and winning his second stage + GC.

    #coop August Jensen was nowhere near having the legs to follow Teuns but ended up taking 2nd overall (+ yesterday's stage win) which is not a bad result for a conti team rider amongst riders from pro-conti and world tour teams. Please sign him, wt teams! :)

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