Oss on the Attack on Arctic Race of Norway Stage 313. August 2016, Korgfjellet (NOR) — Road Team
It was a tough day in the saddle on stage 3 of the Arctic Race of Norway which saw Philippe Gilbert cross the line in 10th place on the summit finish in Korgfjellet.
Daniel Oss spent the day racing aggressively, initiating two of the early breakaway moves which eventually saw Oss go clear with three other riders.
The breakaway maintained a two-minute lead for much of the stage before the peloton brought them back on the final climb of the day.
With Oss reeled in with five kilometers remaining, the attacks started and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) launched the winning solo move.
Gilbert’s tenth place on the stage now sees him sitting in eighth place on the General Classification, and Amaël Moinard completing the top ten, with one stage remaining.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was always the plan to get in the breakaway today but ideally it would have been a stronger breakaway with more riders. It was really tough to even get the breakaway together after a couple of attempts so we had to work with what we had which was four of us including me. We had a steady lead but the peloton kept us pretty close. I tried to do my best to stay away and of course we also had the other five guys back in the bunch so it was a good scenario. The bunch pulled me back half way on the final climb and after that the race went on ahead, but I felt like a viking out there today.”
Klaas Lodewyck, Sports Director:
“Today was a hard stage with the 4km climb at the beginning and it was cold and raining which didn’t help. I told the guys this morning that we would have to put someone in the breakaway to put pressure on the other teams so that we wouldn’t have to chase. We had Daniel Oss in there but the peloton didn’t really give them much of a chance as the gap was never more than two minutes which was frustrating. But Daniel was good, he really helped the team a lot by being up in front. To be in contention for the stage win he would have needed two or three minutes at the bottom of the final climb.”
“We had the plan on the climb that someone like Amaël Moinard would go on the attack and the other guys just had to follow. But with the cold weather he was not 100 percent, and Loïc Vliegen bridged to one of the attacks but he also exploded a bit on the climb. For our guys it came down to the sprint in a small group and Philippe finished in tenth place. Tomorrow looks like it will be another sprint finish as there are multiple teams here who just came for the sprints. But there are four bonus sprints in the last 25km so you never know what will happen if some guys really want to go for it and shake things up in the peloton.”
Arctic Race of Norway
Stage 3: Nesna > Korgfjellet (160km)
Top 3: Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Stef Clement (IAM Cycling), Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Philippe Gilbert, 13. Amaël Moinard, 16. Loïc Vliegen