Arctic Race of Norway: Koch 11th overall

Jonas Koch and Jakub Kaczmarek finished 2.HC Arctic Race of Norway in the top 15 of the general standings. CCC Sprandi Polkowice performed in this event well as a unit, taking 2nd place in the teams classification.

Info: 13th of August, Tromsø – Tromsø, 160,5km

Course: undulating (four cat. 4 KOMs)

How it unfolded

On the last stage of the race the escape was formed quite early and easily, when 7 riders went away: Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-RusVelo), Jon Soeveras Breivold (Team, Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis), Bernard Eisel (Dimension Data), Ludvik Holstad (Team Sparebanken), Tony Hurel (Direct Energie), Kenny Molly (Fortuneo – Oscaro).

They quickly built up over 5-minute advantage, but their chances against the chasing bunch were slim. Especially after the break split and only Eisel with Claeys survived in the front. After securing the KOM jersey, German returned to the bunch. Left alone Cofidis rider was joined by 6-man group with 21km to go and among those who bridged across was Leszek Pluciński. He wasn’t able to hold on in the lead though and got reeled back in 8km from the line, by a 30-man main field, which included Jonas Koch and Jakub Kaczmarek.

At that point there was still one more short, but steep hill to tackle and this is where race leader, Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) put the hammer down. He soloed to the line earning both a stage and an overall win. Loic Chetout (Cofidis) and Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha Alpecin) finished behind him, in 2nd and 3rd respectively. On the GC podium Teuns stood between August Jensen (Team Coop) and Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport).

Jonas Koch arrived in 19th place, taking 11th overall. Jakub Kaczmarek claimed 14th. It was a solid team performance throughout the four days, as the “orange squad” claimed 2nd place in teams classification.