„Riders in orange” were very aggressive on stage 2 of Tour of Norway, but eventually it was all decided in a bunch sprint. Piotr Brożyna was the 16th fastest man on that day.
Info: Stage 2, May 18th, Eidsvoll – Brumunddal, 194km
Course: undulating (one cat. 2 and one cat. 3)
How it unfolded
Three-man breakaway went clear soon after the gun – Fernando Orjuela (Manzana-Postobon), Fridjof Røinås (Team Sparebanken Sør) and Ken Levi Eikeland (FixIT.no). Patryk Stosz tried to bridge across, but his lone chase didn’t end successfully. At one point he was just 25 seconds behind, but eventually he sat up and had to let the trio go.
The escapees established over 6-minute lead, but in the second part of the stage the escape got scattered. First Orjuela pulled away and then Røinås got dropped from the chasing duo.
Colombian was fighting hard, but he couldn’t overcome the power of the bunch. He was reeled in with 20km to go, on the laps around Brumunddal.
In the finale many riders tried late attacks and among them there were members of the “orange squad”. At the end of the day it came down to a bunch sprint though. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) was the fastest, outsprinting Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker Icopal) and Edvalvd Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) who retained the overall lead.
Piotr Brożyna was CCC Sprandi Polkowice top finisher, arriving in 16th place.