Arctic Race of Norway Stage 2: Another Day for the Sprinters12. August 2016, Sandnessjoen (NOR) — Road Team
Stage 2 of the Arctic Race of Norway came down to a bunch sprint as expected, with Daniel Oss sprinting to ninth place for the second day in a row.
In a similar turn of events to stage 1, the peloton allowed six riders to break clear to hover around four minutes in front for much of the 198.5km stage.
More attacks started as the peloton reeled the breakaway in approaching the final category 2 climb with ten kilometers to go.
Loïc Vliegen launched his own attack inside the final three kilometers and managed to stay out in front until the sprinters’ teams brought things back together two kilometers before the line, setting things up for the bunch sprint won by Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky).
With two top ten stage results Oss now sits in seventh place on the General Classification going into stage 3, which is likely to shake up the overall standings.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was actually an easy stage with the breakaway going away and the sprinters’ teams controlling the race all day. It was difficult to attack in the final but I tried to go with three kilometers to go because it these last kilometers were on a false flat uphill. I was caught in the last two kilometers and from there it was a pretty chaotic sprint.”
Klaas Lodewyck, Sports Director:
“We could see already from the beginning that the sprinters’ teams would control the race as it was a good stage for them. I asked the guys in the meeting this morning to launch a sprint or an attack at the end because we know that with Daniel Oss, he’s not the fastest sprinter but he is always good when it is a bit chaotic. It was up and down so Loïc Vliegen launched an attack and it was good, you never know when the peloton has a little struggle you can stay in front. At the end we could put Daniel up there to do a good sprint and he finished ninth so he’s now sitting in seventh on GC which is good for us tomorrow because we’ll have a good car positioning on what will be a tricky stage.”
“Everybody got through the stage safely without crashing or spending a lot of energy so I think everyone will be 100 percent tomorrow. Stage 3 will have bad weather and it’s up and down most of the day, with an almost 9km climb with a 6.8 percent average so for sure it’s there that everything will happen so I hope everyone recovers well and we can go for the win.”
Arctic Race of Norway
Stage 2: Mo I Rana > Sandnessjoen (198.5km)
Top 3: Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky), John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin), Moreno Hofland (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 9. Daniel Oss, 22. Philippe Gilbert, 47. Loïc Vliegen