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Re: Arctic Race of Norway
« on: August 17, 2018, 15:19 »
Another quite dramatic stage from start to end (maybe a little more quiet in the middle.) Race LEader Mathieu van der Poel covered too many attacks on the first 2/3 and blew up on the decisive final climb up from Hopseidet, when #astana Fuglang sat a high pace for his teammate Chernetski. Only #bmc Bettiol managed to follow, but an intermediate chase group was midway down to van der Poels group after this climb and eventually managed to close the gap to the top three in the final kilometers into Kjøllefjord.

In the sprint, #rally Colin Joyce won and #astana Chernetski secured overall lead ahead of Joyce andgood #joker Markus Hoelgaard, who's now in third position only 6 seconds down.  I guess that shames my pre-race post about the pecking order of the Norwegian conti teams.  :-x His good result today came despite being run off the road by #astana Fuglsang at one point (it seemed to be completely unintentional, a response to a gust of wind that caused one of the cyclists to change direction.)

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