Hectic Sprint Concludes Arctic Race of Norway Stage 111. August 2016, Rognan (NOR) — Road Team
Stage 1 of the Arctic Race of Norway came down to a bunch sprint despite a late category 1 climb that thinned out the peloton.
Daniel Oss crossed the line in ninth place in the hectic sprint finish which saw Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) take the win and multiple riders crash after the line.
The peloton was content to let seven riders go clear for the first half of the stage, with the chase picking up pace with 50 kilometers to go.
BMC Racing Team showed strong teamwork, spending much of the last 25 kilometers at the front to pull the breakaway back before it all came together four kilometers before the line.
All six of BMC Racing Team’s riders finished in the reduced bunch and avoided the post-finish line crash.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a pretty fast stage all day. The climb towards the end wasn’t too hard but on the top it was raining and the breakaway still had a couple of minutes’ gap. So we did some efforts on the climb and during the descent. We tried to do something in the sprint and I crossed the line in ninth place.”
“After not racing for a while I raced in London and then last week at the Vuelta a Burgos before coming here to Norway, so I feel back in race shape and ready to build my form again for the end of the season.”
Klaas Lodewyck, Sports Director:
“A break went of seven riders and they established a pretty big gap. The sprinters’ teams started to organise and in the end on the climb we had to give a helping hand because it was possible that the break would stay in front. The top of the climb was 12 kilometers from the finish and the breakaway still had almost two minutes so we really pushed hard, and also in the descent we tried to make a selection as it was raining.”
“At the end of the climb the peloton was in four or five pieces but then everything came back together a little bit. We all finished in the first group and Daniel finished in ninth place. The team did a really good ride today.”
Arctic Race of Norway
Stage 1: Fauske > Rognan (176km)
Top 3: Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha), John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin), Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 9. Daniel Oss, 13. Michael Schäer, 35. Amaël Moinard