After very intense and fast finale of stage 3 of Tour of Norway, Jakub Kaczmarek took 31st place.
Info: Stage 3, May 19th, Hamar – Lillehammer, 192km
Course: hilly (one cat. 2 and one cat. 1)
First hour of the stage was filled with attacks, but none of them stuck. One of the attackers was Adrian Kurek, but eventually the escape went away without CCC Sprandi Polkowice representative. Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot), Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural), Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen), Sébastien Delfosse (Veranclassic), Vegard Breen (Joker Icopal) and Philip Lindau (Team Coop) finally managed to go clear after 45km mark. 4:50 was the biggest gap of the day, but as it turned out it was far too little to beat the peloton.
The 6-man move was neutralized with 26km to go, on cat. 1 climb, located on the final lap (out of three). This is when the main field exploded and many riders wanted to power to the front. New, 6-man leading group, with race favorites, was established and it included Andreas Vangstad (Team Sparebanken Sør), Jack Haig, Simon Gerrans (both Scott-Orica), Pieter Weening (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimensio Data) and Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal). Weening was the strongest among them attacking with 3km to go. 2016 overall winner got closer to defending the title, by winning the stage and taking over the GC jersey. At the line he defeated Armee and Gerrans.
Jakub Kaczmarek was the highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider at the finish, coming in in 31st place (1:19 back).