Alexander Kristoff wins second stage in Arctic Race of Norway
Aug 11 2017 04:24 pm CET

Alexander Kristoff wins second stage in Arctic Race of Norway

Alexander Kristoff has won the second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The European champion was the fastest at the final sprint in his home country.

The second stage in Norway was 184.5 kilometres longs between Sjovegan and Bardufoss Airport, featuring two second category climbs and set to finish in a bunch sprint.

The day started with a breakaway of six men that lasted until the last kilometres. Erwann Corbel (Fortuneo Vital Concept), Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis), Elias Angel Spikseth (Team, Nicolai Mihaylov (CCC), Javier Mejias Leal (Novo Nordisk) and Zhandos Bizhigitov (Astana), created a gap of more than three minutes with the peloton.

Just past the 20 kilometre mark, the escape group was reeled back in by the pack and with around ten kilometres to go Astana's Truls Korsaeth attacked and got a substantial gap with the peloton. The rider crossed the finish line first with one lap to go and thought that he had won, only to be caught by the pack moments after.

The peloton organised itself for a final sprint and Katusha-Alpecin did a good job for European Champion Alexander Kristoff, putting him in the right position to take the stage victory. The rider was followed by Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis).

BMC's Dylan Teuns remains at the top of the the General Classification.
Photo of Alexander Kristoff by Mary Cárdenas /



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