Wyss Finishes Fourth Overall at Arctic Race of Norway19. August 2018, Alta (NOR) — Road Team
Danilo Wyss maintained fourth overall at the Arctic Race of Norway after stage 4 which saw the breakaway caught in the closing kilometers and Mathieu Van der Poel take the win.
The first 11km of the stage were relatively flat before the peloton entered the finish circuit, featuring four laps of a 10km loop including the category 2 Thomasbakken climb.
12 riders went clear ear in the stage and gained a maximum advantage of 3’20” with 80km, of the 145km stage, remaining.
The peloton shaved a minute off the breakaway’s advantage as they approached the entrance to the finish circuit and after two of the four laps, the peloton was just one minute behind the breakaway.
Direct Energie led the chase as they crossed the finish line to hear the bell ring to signify one lap to go, at which point BMC Racing Team’s riders began to move up towards the front of the bunch.
45 seconds separated the peloton and breakaway as the final ascent of the Thomasbakken climb neared and by the time they reached the summit, the advantage was less than 20 seconds.
The last breakaway riders were caught under the flamme rouge to allow Nicolas Roche to attack with 700m remaining.
Roche led the race on the finish stretch but was unable to maintain his position in the closing 300m of the race when Van der Poel made his move, eventually crossing the line in 10th place.
Wyss and Michael Schär followed closely behind, four seconds after Van der Poel, which was enough for Wyss to secure fourth overall.
Roche was fifth on the General Classification, and Schär finished in 11th which saw BMC Racing Team win the team classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“The weather was quite bad today so it was a good stage to finish. The best-placed guy in the breakaway was only two minutes behind the leader, so it was quite fast all day. Towards the end, Direct Energie were pulling full gas so that made it even faster. The plan was to go for Alberto Bettiol again in the sprint and also keep as many guys as possible up there as we were leading the team classification, so we had three guys going hard in the finish to keep this. I was a bit boxed in on the last climb so I couldn’t really do a good sprint. I am happy with fourth place though.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“It was a good race for the team but not super good. We didn’t really have an explosive rider for this parcours so we tried to make the most of the opportunities we had, we made echelons, and tried to explode the bunch. The finish today was like stage one and Van der Poel was just too strong. We are satisfied with the team classification as it showed that the team was always there. Danilo and Nicolas showed they had good shape and if the crash on stage one didn’t hold Nicolas up, then maybe he could have fought for a podium place.”
Arctic Race of Norway
Stage 4 Kvalsund > Alta (145.5km)
Top 3: 1. Mathieu Van der Poel, 2. Sondre Enger (Israel Cycling Academy), 3. Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept Cycling Club).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 10. Nicolas Roche, 16. Danilo Wyss, 18. Michael Schär
BMC Racing Team top 3 on GC: 4. Danilo Wyss, 5. Nicolas Roche, 11. Michael Schär.