Jakub Kaczmarek was among the strongest on stage 3 of Arctic Race of Norway, which featured uphill finish.
Info: 12th of August, Lyngseidet – Finnvikdalen (Tromsø), 185,5km
Course: undulating, uphill finish
How it unfolded
It was a fierce battle to get into the breakaway of the day. With the rain pouring down, multiple attackers, including CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders, were trying to pull away. Eventually 8 men broke clear – Bernard Eisel (Dimension Data), Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Truls Korsaeth (Astana), Sebastien Delfosse (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), Ole Andre Austevoll (Team Coop), Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis), Boris Vallee (Fortuneo – Oscaro) and Adrien Petit (Direct Energie).
The breakaway lost few men before hitting the bottom of the decisive, 5km climb, as Eisel was first one to get back to the bunch and Vallee the last. The latter got caught 4,6km from the line, by an accelerating peloton. At that point it was reduced to around 40 riders and that group included Jakub Kaczmarek, Jonas Koch and Leszek Pluciński.
With 2km remaining the pace cranked up, but that didn’t break Kaczmarek, as he stayed with the strongest, finishing the stage in 10th place. After a fierce uphill battle August Jensen (Team Coop) won the stage, but it took a photo finish to separate him from Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) who got 2nd. Tour de Pologne winner retained the GC lead, but Jensen is only 3 seconds behind. Koch moved up to 10th place, after taking 16th on the stage.