Schlagwort-Archive: Arctic Race of Norway

2020 ARCTIC RACE OF NORWAY: the race heads to Finland for the first time

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Key points:
 The 8th edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will be held on 6–9 August 2020.
 For the first time, the world’s northernmost race will venture outside Norway, with the finish to stage two taking place in the town of Kilpisjärvi in Finland.
 The first two days will offer the sprinters the opportunity to show their prowess. The general classification will then be decided over the course of the weekend stages, with a summit finish in Målselv on Saturday and a climb to the line in Harstad on Sunday.

Every year, the Arctic Race of Norway delights cycling fans by delivering unpredictable racing that often maintains the suspense until the dying moments. Last year, the general classification was still up for grabs as the first riders crossed the finish line on the final stage. Ultimately, Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko (Team Astana) won the seventh edition of the Arctic Race by a second, ahead of French national champion Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa-Samsic). Elsewhere, Dutch puncheur-sprinter Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus), riding in preparation for the World Championships in Yorkshire, won his third stage in two years. Should he choose to return next year, the Dutchman is sure to find the 2020 route through the region of Troms to his liking once more.

For the first time in its eight editions, the Arctic Race of Norway will start in Tromsø, Northern Norway’s most iconic city and the finishing point for the 2014 and 2017 editions. The first stage, on Thursday 6 August, will take the riders southwards to complete a loop before leading back to the city. Before reaching the final circuit, the peloton will pass Ishavskatedralen (the Arctic Cathedral) before crossing from mainland to island via the Tromsø Bridge. The riders will then perform two laps of an 8.5 km circuit. A categorised climb (1.2 km at 8%) with 2.5 km to go will stretch the peloton out before it reaches the finish line, where the victorious rider will write his name into the history books alongside those of Alexander Kristoff and Dylan Teuns, the two previous winners in Tromsø.

On the second day of racing, the Arctic Race will visit Nordkjosbotn for the first time. On a day of firsts, the riders will then make the Arctic Race’s inaugural foray outside Norway, with the last 12 km taking place in Finland. Earlier in the stage, the riders will skirt the Storfjord before entering a valley that steadily climbs to 500 m of altitude at Kilpisjärvi. Despite four categorised climbs, this 172 km stage should be one for the sprinters.

The third day will have an air of déjà vu about it. Running from Finnsnes to Målselv, the 184.5 km route scheduled for stage three is almost identical to the one undertaken on 15 August 2015, during the third edition of the race. The only difference is that the peloton will ride the first loop on the island of Senja in the opposite direction to four years ago, when Belgium’s Ben Hermans emerged victorious. In 2020, this queen stage will offer five opportunities for the riders to collect climbing points, including the final ascent to a summit finish at the ski resort of Målselv (3.7 km at 7.8%). The battle for general classification places should play out on the climbs leading to the “Alpine Village”.

While the public may see the final stage of the Tour de France as nothing more than a stroll in the park for its participants, the same cannot be said for the Arctic Race. The fourth stage, 161 km of racing between Gratangen and Harstad, is tailor-made for the puncheurs. Gratangen will welcome the race for the first time. Taking place against a stunning backdrop of fjords, the first part of the final stage will see the riders scale three categorised climbs. The race will then conclude with an 8.5 km circuit in Harstad, which was also the setting for the climax to the very first edition of the race, won by local favourite Thor Hushovd. Fellow countryman Alexander Kristoff would also go on to win the first stage there in 2015. The 2020 winner will have to successfully negotiate two climbs up the hill of Novkollen (1.4 km at 6%), before proving his strength on a final ramp to the finish line (700 m at 8.5%).

Route of the 2020 Arctic Race of Norway:
 Thursday 6th August, stage 1: Tromsø – Tromsø, 166km
 Friday 7th August, stage 2: Nordkjosbotn – Storfjord / Kilpisjärvi, 172km
 Saturday 8th August, stage 3: Finnsnes – Målselv, 184,5km
 Sunday 9th August, stage 4: Gratangen – Harstad, 161km

The Arctic Race of Norway shines the spotlight on the stars of tomorrow
In 2020, the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race junior competition will again give 120 talented young riders from Norway and another five countries the opportunity to race on the same course as the pro cyclists. Backed by Equinor, the major sponsor of the ARN, as well as the Norwegian Cycling Federation, it has grown to become one of the major fixtures on the junior calendar. Kristoffer Halvorsen, the winner of the first edition of the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race, held in Harstad in 2013, became U23 world champion in 2016 and went on to join Ineos two years later.

Thor Hushovd, world champion and event ambassador: „The eighth edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be a spectacular race that goes down to the wire. I am delighted to go back to Harstad, where I won the general classification in the inaugural edition. The 2020 edition also has new things in store, including a stage finish in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. Both this stage and the previous one in Tromsø are tailored to sprinters, but punchy climbers will take centre stage from then on. If one thing is certain, it is that our landscapes will again leave riders and TV viewers filled with awe.“
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Arctic Race of Norway Stage 4: A thrilling finish crowns Lutsenko

Narvik (Norway), Sunday 18th August – Norwegian riders made a 1-2 in the conclusive stage of the Arctic Race of Norway with Markus Hoelgaard and national champion Amund Grøndahl Jansen but the overall victory went to Alexey Lutsenko who came third on the line in Narvik and beat Warren Barguil by only one second.

1 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 3:35:32
2 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma
3 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
4 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:00:04
5 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
6 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
9 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
10 Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
11 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team 0:00:09
12 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:12
13 Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:20
14 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert
15 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

GC final:
1 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:59:27
2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:00:01
3 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:19
4 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:00:23
5 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team 0:00:40
6 Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:00:42
7 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 0:00:43
8 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:51
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data 0:00:53
10 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:01:12
11 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:15
12 Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:01:20
13 Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
14 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert 0:01:23
15 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:01:47
16 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:59

Arctic Race of Norway Stage 3:

Storheia (Norway), Saturday 17th August – Norway’s Odd Christian Eiking of Wanty-Groupe Gobert claimed his first win of the 2019 season on home soil as he clinched the queen stage of the Arctic Race of Norway atop the unprecedented and gruelling Storheia Summit. Second on the line, French national champion Warren Barguil from Arkéa-Samsic took the overall lead with a slim advantage of three seconds over Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko. A tight finish is expected in the conclusive stage in Narvik!

1 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert 4:07:32
2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:00:05
3 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:13
4 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:00:17
5 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
6 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team 0:00:23
7 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data 0:00:32
8 Simon Carr (GBr) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:36
9 Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
GC:
1 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert 4:07:32
2 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:17
3 Simon Carr (GBr) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:36
4 Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling 0:00:47
5 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:58
6 Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
7 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
8 Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Team Coop 0:01:09
9 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus 0:01:22
10 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:01:25

Arctic Race of Norway Stage 2

1 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 3:31:11
2 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus
3 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4 August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
5 Louis Bendixen (Den) Team Coop
6 Herman Dahl (Nor) Joker Fuel of Norway
7 Emils Liepins (Lat) Wallonie Bruxelles
8 Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
9 Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10 Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

GC:
1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus 7:16:09
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:09
3 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
4 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert 0:00:11
5 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:12
6 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:13
7 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
8 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
9 Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:16
10 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Arctic Race of Norway Etappe 1

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus 3:45:14
2 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
3 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert
4 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
6 Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data
8 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
9 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
10 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Arkéa Samsic

ARCTIC RACE OF NORWAY 2019: COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED

Key points:
• The seventh edition of the Arctic Race of Norway gives pride of place to the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands and their splendid landscapes.
• 19 of the riders selected for the 2019 edition of the northernmost race in the world started the Tour de France in Brussels in July.
• The ascent to Storheia Summit (3.5 km at 11.8%), widely known as the Norwegian Mont Ventoux, will set the stage for the decisive battle for the Arctic throne among riders such as Warren Barguil, Alexey Lutsenko, Ilnur Zakarin and Krists Neilands.

This year’s Arctic Race of Norway has a fantastic course in store for the 120-strong peloton that will roll out of Å on 15 August. Pretenders to the crown include Arkéa–Samsic’s Warren Barguil, who took two stage wins in the 2017 Tour de France and finished tenth in the last Grande Boucle weeks after claiming the French road race championships. However, he will face a star-studded field, with rivals such as Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko, a two-time winner of the Tour of Oman determined to make the sun on his Kazakh champion’s jersey shine in the lands of the midnight sun. Ilnur Zakarin, a last-minute addition to Katusha–Alpecin’s roster who finished third in the 2018 Vuelta, has also got a few cards to play, especially on the brutal slopes of Storheia Summit.
There will also be outsiders eager to cause an upset, such as Rein Taaramäe, a regular fixture in the event who won the race outright in 2015 and took the Estonian time trial championships again this year. Israel Cycling Academy’s Krists Neilands, who claimed two stages and the overall in the last Tour de Hongrie, and Rally UHC Cycling’s rising star Brandon McNulty, winner of the 2019 Giro di Sicilia, will be out on the hunt for a new trophy and the opportunity to show their talent as climbers and punchers. Men who shone in 2018 will be looking to repeat their exploit in Narvik this year, with last season’s runner-up Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team) and third-placed rider Colin Joyce (Rally UHC Cycling) coming back for more.

Who can put the brakes on the Mathieu van der Poel show?
There will be a multitude of stage hunters eager to find true north and thwart the plans of Corendon–Circus’s Mathieu van der Poel, a two-time cyclo-cross world champion and winner of two stages in the 2018 Arctic Race of Norway. Riders such as Astana’s Magnus Cort Nielsen, Total Direct Énergie’s Lilian Calmejane, Loïc Vliegen the winner of the 2019 Tour de Wallonie and Norwegian champion Amund Grøndahl Jansen could fish something in troubled waters.
The Dutchman, who claimed the 2019 Amstel Gold Race in a thrilling sprint, will have to dig deep in the finishing straights to beat rivals of the calibre of Bryan Coquard, with seven victories to his name this season, Christophe Laporte, winner of the 2018 Tro Bro Leon, Jumbo–Visma’s Danny van Poppel, Israel Cycling Academy’s Sondre Enger and reigning two-time Swedish champion Lucas Erikson.
But what if Raymond Poulidor’s grandson had his sights set higher? Following his victory in last weekend’s leg of the Mountain Bike World Cup, the Dutch rider can no longer be ruled out for the top step of the podium of the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway. As everyone knows, the word „impossible“ is not in Van der Poel’s dictionary.
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ARCTIC RACE OF NORWAY 2019: EIGHT TOUR DE FRANCE TEAMS SELECTED

The seventh edition of the Arctic Race of Norway gives pride of place to the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands and their splendid landscapes. For four days, these far-northern lands will become a real cycling archipelago and an exceptional stage for 20 outfits from all over the world.

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon–Circus) will attempt to mount a successful title defence as the northernmost race in the world hops from one island to the next. It will be a real challenge, with no fewer than eight Tour de France teams scheduled to start the Arctic Race of Norway on 15 August: Astana Pro Team, Team Dimension Data, Team Katusha–Alpecin, Team Jumbo–Visma, Cofidis, Team Arkéa Samsic, Total Direct Énergie and Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team.
Two squads, Riwal–Readynez and Euskadi Basque Country, will be facing their baptism in fire and fighting to make a strong impression in their first appearance in the race. Three Norwegian teams will be looking to excel on home turf: Joker Fuel of Norway, Team Coop and Uno-X Norwegian Development Team. A further six teams will do their best to make life difficult for the favourites or even cause a serious upset: Israel Cycling Academy, Vital Concept – B&B Hotels, Rally UHC Cycling, Sport Vlaanderen–Baloise, Delko Marseille Provence and Wallonia Brussels.
The race promises a spectacular confrontation, culminating in the ascent to Storheia Summit (3.5 km at 11.8 %), widely known as „the Norwegian Mont Ventoux“ —a not-subtle hint of the challenge that awaits the peloton.

Van der Poel heads back to Norway
Mathieu van der Poel’s love stories usually have happy endings. Corendon–Circus’s Dutch rider will attempt to extend his romance with the Arctic Race of Norway —and the feeling is mutual. VDP’s two stage wins in 2018 marked the rise of a champion who has since shone on every terrain. After being crowned cyclo-cross world champion in February, emerging victorious from a thrilling finale in the Amstel Gold Race two months later, and recently claiming a leg of the MTB World Cup, the 24-year-old is heading back to the northernmost race in the world like a Viking ready to go berserk on his opponents. Who will dare stand in his way?
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The Arctic Race of Norway aims to become the world’s first cycling race using only electric cars

Key points:
 The Arctic Race of Norway will be the first professional bicycle race to use only electric cars.
 The lack of charging stations was a challenge, but a solution is now in place.
 This year, at least 45 electric cars will follow the ARN peloton.
 The Arctic Race of Norway is the world’s northernmost professional cycling race.

Help reduce emissions
The Arctic Race of Norway wants to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is the biggest challenge the world faces today, and it is in the Arctic that climate change is the most significant. This makes this initiative in the world’s northernmost professional cycling race even more relevant.
Due to the distance between Northern Norway and the places where the cycling teams usually reside, the Arctic Race of Norway and its Official Partner Hyundai provide cars for all the teams that participate. This initiative has translated an opportunity into reality.
“Hyundai provides all the cars to the Arctic Race of Norway. The car manufacturer strongly believes in the development of electric cars and wanted to use electric cars on the race. We thought it was a good idea. This helps reduce emissions. We also have plenty of clean electric power in Northern Norway”, says Knut-Eirik Dybdal, CEO of the Arctic Race of Norway.
Overcoming infrastructure challenges
But when the ambition of using electric cars came to the table, some challenges also emerged. It is no secret that the infrastructure for electric cars in Northern Norway, in the form of charging stations, lags behind the rest of the country. This is what the Arctic Race of Norway aims at improving.
“We took this as a challenge and contacted the hydropower companies in the region to see if they could help solve this issue. The response was overwhelming. We now have a solution in place, which means that several cars in this year’s race will be powered by clean power produced in Northern Norway”, says Dybdal.
Hydropower companies came up with a solution
The power companies Nordkraft, Lofotkraft, Hålogaland Kraft, Vesterålskraft and Trollfjord joined forces to finance a mobile charging station that will be used during the Arctic Race of Norway. Vesterålskraft CEO Halvard Pettersen is pleased with the cooperation.
“We are far behind with the electrification of the car fleet in Northern Norway, primarily because there are not enough charging stations. Through the initiative of the Arctic Race of Norway, we have found a mobile solution for this year’s race. And we will keep working to find permanent solutions.”
Beneficial for Northern Norway
Though this project, the Arctic Race of Norway directly contributes to the development of Northern Norway. Mobile charging stations to be used during the bicycle race will be available for other sports and cultural events in the region, during the whole year.

“We will use a mobile solution in 2019, but our vision is to develop several permanent charging stations in the region during the coming years. This will make it easier for local people and companies to embrace new technologies”, says Dybdal.
Aiming for zero emissions in the car fleet
Hyundai is also pleased that the Arctic Race of Norway will be the world’s first cycling race that only uses electric cars.
“Our aim is zero emissions in our fleet in Norway. That is why it is a great opportunity to help develop the necessary infrastructure in Northern Norway, thanks to the Arctic Race of Norway”, says Hyundai Motor Norway Marketing Director Christian Stenbo.
The aim of the Arctic Race of Norway is that its entire fleet comprising 120 cars becomes fully electric within three years.
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France: “Proof, if ever it was needed, that the Arctic Race of Norway is much more than just a cycling race. This project is a significant step forward that goes to show how our sport is focused on the future and throwing its weight behind the transition to a more responsible and eco-friendly world. Like the Tour de France, the Arctic Race of Norway is merely a visitor to the landscapes it goes through and, therefore, it has a duty to protect this grandiose yet delicate natural environment.
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ARCTIC RACE OF NORWAY 2019

Key points:
 Edition 7 of the Arctic Race of Norway will be held between August 15-18, 2019.
 The Northernmost cycling race in the world will visit the Islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen before finishing at the base of the Nordland ski station in Narvik.
 The race will see the sprinters to battle it out in the first two days. The general classification will be settled during the weekend with an all-new mountain-top finish at Storheia Summit.

The Arctic Race of Norway is a suspense-filled race where the young stars shine each year. In 2018, Dutch rider Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won two stages and confirmed all the hopes that have been placed on him on the road. This year again, the fast and powerful riders will get to show their stuff on two weekend stages. Prior to that, the peloton will visit the Lofoten Islands where the sprinters will battle for victory.
For the second time in seven editions, the Arctic Race of Norway will take place on the Lofoten Islands, known around the world for their atypical scenery where the roads run between the mountains and the sea. The town of “Å” will, for the first time, host a stage of the Arctic Race on Thursday, August 15. This small village with such an original name (the final letter in the Norwegian alphabet!) is also called this because it is here where the last inhabitants on the extreme west side of the island live. Over 182 kilometres, the peloton will pass the finish line twice to complete the two loops. Although four classified climbs will be part of the King of the Mountain classification, this won’t inhibit the sprinters from battling for the win at Leknes.

On day two of the race, the riders will, once again, look to both their left and right to admire the stunning Lofoten Islands scenery. Henningsvær is known for having one of the most spectacular football pitches in the world as well as being the start city for stage two, which will finish in Svolvær, and which was featured in the first edition in 2013. The 168.5km-long stage will run along the seafront and will not pose any major difficulties. It will be the ideal finish for sprinters like local hero Alexander Kristoff!
Following the Lofotens, the Arctic Race will change islands to arrive in Vesterålen on Saturday 17 August. This 176.5km-long stage starting in Sortland was designed for the strongest riders with three climbs that will have to be negotiated before the riders take on an all-new ramp at Storheia Summit, in the town of Melbu (3.5kms at 11.8%). A crazy finish similar to the famous “repechos” of the Vuelta a España that will start just a week later and could be of interest to some riders looking for performance on the final big tour of the season. At the highest altitude, the caravan will have the chance to admire the splendid panoramic view at the observation level that reminds one of a certain Mont Ventoux.

The Arctic Race of Norway will return to the mainland for the final stage that has the look of a rollercoaster between L⌀dingen and Narvik. While the start city will be all-new, all the roads of this 4th stage (166.5kms) have already been raced on in the Arctic Race. During this stage, the “Midnight Sun Jersey” of the leader of the general classification and the “Salmon Jersey” of the best climber could switch riders because there will be six climbs, three before the final 10.5km circuit then three others (Skistua Summit: 2.2kms at 6.6%) located on the same circuit where Dylan Teuns took a memorable win in 2017. The Narvik ski station will conclude this 7th edition at the bottom of the slopes. The town is bidding to become the Norwegian candidate to host the 2027 World Alpine Skiing Championships.

Route of the 2019 Arctic Race of Norway:
 Thursday 15th August, stage 1: Å – Leknes, 182kms
 Friday 16th August, stage 2: Henningsvær – Svolvær, 168.5kms
 Saturday 17th August, stage 3: Sortland – Storheia Summit (Melbu), 176.5kms
 Sunday 18th August, stage 4: L⌀dingen – Narvik, 166.5kms

The Arctic Race of Norway shines the spotlight on the stars of tomorrow
A few hours before the arrival of the professionals in the streets of Narvik, the 17 and 18-year old talents coming from all over Norway and five European countries will have their moment in the sun in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race. This race for junior riders organised jointly with Equinor, the main sponsor of the Arctic Race of Norway, and the Norwegian Cycling Federation, has become the revelatory event of the future stars of the men’s and women’s pelotons in a country whose passion for cycling is well-known. Winner of the first edition of the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race in 2013 in Harstad, Kristoffer Halvorsen won the World Junior Road Race Championship in 2016, before joining the Sky team this season.

Thor Hushovd, World Champion and race ambassador: “This 7th edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be spectacular and undecided just until the last day in Narvik. The first two stages will be an open-air show. In 2013 when I won stage 2 at Svolvær, I rode the most beautiful stage of my career on that day. The finishes at Storheia Summit, the «Mont Ventoux» of the Vesterålen Islands and at Narvik will certainly be won by the strongest riders.”
The Arctic Race of Norway is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnerships for the next three years with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge as Official Partner and Telenor as Official Fan.
Initiated in 2013, the collaboration with SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge contributes to the development of cycling practice by young children. Since 2013, more than 11 000 children have participated in the SNN Mini Arctic Race all across Northern Norway.
Year after year, Telenor invests in the extension of the 4G network all over Northern Norway and therefore contributes to ensuring optimal conditions for TV production and for the spectators’ experience all along the route.

All the informations about Arctic Race of Norway on arctic-race.com/en/

International press contact
Fabrice Tiano
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Norwegian press contact
Roger Solheim
rs@arctic-race.no
+47 992 26 638

Arctic Race of Norway: Kampf der Puncheure in der Finnmark


Am Donnerstag startet die sechste Austragung des Arctic Race of Norway. Die viertägige Rundfahrt macht ihrem Status als weltweit nördlichstes Rennen auch 2018 wieder alle Ehre und findet dieses Mal komplett im größten Verwaltungsbezirk Norwegens, der Finnmark, statt. Der Kurs führt in diesem Jahr von der Hauptstadt der Finnmark, Vadsø, in die größte Stadt der Finnmark, Alta. Die vier Etappen sind wie gemacht für die Puncheure im Feld. Wellige Profile und klassikerartige Anstiege versprechen ein offenes Rennen mit vielen Attacken.

Während das Artic Race of Norway voraussichtlich zum ersten Mal ohne deutsche Beteiligung stattfindet, richten sich im Kampf um die Gesamtwertung die Augen auf die WorldTour-Teams BMC und Astana. BMC möchte den Titelgewinn vom letzten Jahr wiederholen und setzt dafür auf Nicolas Roche und Damiano Caruso, für den das Rennen zum Formtest nach einer sehr guten Tour de France wird. Die Ambitionen von Astana werden von Omar Fraile, Solosieger der 14. Etappe der Tour de France nach Mende, und dem estnischen Meister Tanel Kangert getragen.
Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic) und Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Group Gobert) gehören genauso zum Favoritenkreis des weltweit nördlichsten Rennens, wie Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), der am Sonntag den Vize-Europameistertitel zu seinen beeindruckenden Palmarès hinzufügen konnte. Auf diesem Terrain fühlt sich auch Connor Swift wohl, der das prestigeträchtige Meistertrikot Großbritanniens trägt und als Stagiare bei Dimension Data startet. Auch der letztjährige Zweitplazierte des Arctic Race of Norway, August Jensen (Israel Cycling Academy), wird besonders motiviert sein, in diesem Jahr das Rennen auf der obersten Stufe des Podiums zu beenden. Der 26-jährige ist der einzige Radprofi aus dem Norden Norwegens.
In die Sprintentscheidungen werden Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Etappenzweiter in Pau, und Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), der bei den Sprints der diesjährigen Tour de France konstant in die Top10 fuhr, genauso eingreifen, wie der frühere norwegische U23-Meister Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy).
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Hermans gewinnt in Norwegen und übernimmt die Gesamtführung

Ben Hermans vom BMC Racing Team gewinnt die Samstagsetappe des Arctic Race of Norway in beeindruckender Weise und übernimmt die Gesamtführung vor dem letzten Tag. Hermans konnte Rein Taaramäe (Astana Pro Team) einholen und attackierte dann selbst 150 Meter vor dem Ziel der 183 Kilometer langen Etappe. Er gewann mit drei Sekunden Vorsprung und verzeichnete seinen dritten Sieg in diesem Jahr.

„Ich war immer 150 Meter hinten“, sagte Hermans. „Ich wusste, dass es auf den letzten einenhalb Kilometern Gegenwind geben würde und hätte mich an die Spitze setzen können, aber ich hätte mich dabei kaputt gemacht. Darum blieb ich am Hinterrad meines Teamkollegen. Auf dem letzten Kilometer gab es dann Rückenwind und so attackierte ich vollgas. 250 Meter vor dem Ziel musste ich sprinten, um die Etappe gewinnen zu können.“

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