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Re: Arctic Race of Norway
« on: August 18, 2019, 21:03 »
As expected, the final stage became a bit of a thriller, but I didn't expect the final decision for the GC to happen on the last 200 meters. #astana #champkz Aleksey Lutsenko opened up a gap to the leader #arkea #champfr Warren Barguil and it was large enough for a split to be declared by the commisars, hence the boys in blue retained their tight grip on the Arctic Circle. It was a bitter defeat for Barguil, but the stage profile clearly suited the more explosive Kazakh a bit better.

The race for stage win was also quite a thriller with #unox Markus Hoelgaard attacking over the top at Skistua on the last lap, then almost being hauled back in, but the gap opened again and then closed again with #total Calmejane doing the chasing and then opened again on the final climb to the finish line as the chasing group had a little tactical debate over who should lead out into the climb. #jumbo #champno Amund Grøndal Jansen had the larger reserves at the end, and halfway up the climb he attacked from the group, quickly distancing them and getting closer to catching #unox Hoelgaard up front. Except Hoelgaard had a little trick of his own up his sleeve and made a final accelration, securing the stage win for this ambitous conti team. Next year, they will level up to pro-conti, and the Hoelgaard brothers (2/3) will be among their finest weapons, along with Andreas Leknessund as an up and coming GC rider.


and the GC:

#white jersey goes to #academy Krists Neilandts,
#green to #corendon Mathieu van der Poel (2 stage wins 2 years in a row now).   Sorry, #astana #champkz Lutsenko got that one too!
half a ton of salmon (the climber's jersey) goes to #wanty Odd Christian Eiking. In post race interviews he said something like "all the guys on the team was feeling really hungry and we were up for some sushi right now"  :lol 
(The street value of 500 kg of salmon sold in retail packaging:  around 9000 euros.  It is a good deal for a few hilltops).
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