Paweł Bernas finished 15th in the last stage of Tour des Fjords, which featured uphill, punchy finale. He also claimed top 15 in the final general standings.
Info: May 24th, Farsund – Egersund, 183km
The final stage of the 3-day event was the hardest of all with many steep, punchy climbs in the first half of the stage and undulating finale. Thus, the opening saw many attacks and attempts to split the field. Eventually, a 5-man escape was formed, with Julien Bernard, Maxime Monfort, Guillermo Lluis Mas, Nathan Earle, Nikolay Mihaylov and Julian Cardona. They opened up 3-minute lead, which was later controlled by Mitchelton-Scott-driven bunch.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice didn’t make the breakaway, but were going strong in the chasing group. With their lead in teams classification on the line, they had to work intensely to retain it.
With sill long way to go, the escape began to split and it was down to Monfort and Earle. They were the last men standings and got caught on the first out of two 13km finishing, undulating circuits around Egersund.
The supporters lined up near the finish experienced very exciting finale, with many attacks. None of them was the decisive one and it came down to a punchy, uphill finish. It was won by Bjorn Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal), ahead of Michael Albasini (Mitchelton Scott) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).
Paweł Bernas finished in 15th place, securing 14th overall. Unfortunately Frantisek Sisr didn’t cope well with such hilly terrain, lost over 6 minutes and fell out of top 5 in GC.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice put on a solid, all-round performance though, as the squad took 2nd in the teams classification.