Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won 1st stage Tour of Norway. Bartlomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) finished on a high, sixth place.
During the first stage of the Tour of Norway, cyclists have to overcome route length of 147 km, which ran routes around the town of Larvik. The route of this stage was slightly hilly which definitely preferred the cyclist specializing in sprint ends. Conditions during the stage were quite variable with a passing rain that accompanied the cyclists for nearly half the distance.
In one of the first effective action, from the peloton rode a small group of seven cyclists among them was the cyclist CCC Polsat Polkowice, Adrian Kurek. Besides him in the escape were Ruben Fernández (Caja Rural), Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare), Stake Rystein Laengen (Motiv 3), Adrian Gjølberg (FixIT) and Krister Hagen (Oster Hus). Peloton controlled by the team: Katusha and Belkin, has allowed escapees leave for about three minutes.
6 kilometers to the finish escape was liquidated and the team having in their composition sprinters started preparing for the finish. In the end, very much pulled riders CCC Polsat Polkowice outputting a good sprint positions: Bartek Matysiak and Maciek Paterski. Finally, finish with the peloton won the Alexander Kristoff, before Sondre Enger Holst (Team Sparebanken) and Tom van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).
Bartek Matysiak finished in 6th place and Maciek Paterski 9th place.
And at the finish line in Larvik about today’s 1st stage said Bartek Matysiak: We have set before the stage that we will take up all possible escape. This we did, because one of the first escapees took Adrian Kurek. Escape was liquidated a few kilometers before the finish line and about the end decided stiff finish, preceded by quite a dangerous exit. It was wet, you had to really be careful. The ending I consider to be very heavy. The uphill was perhaps not too long, but it was quite demanding. I took sixth place. As always in such situations, you can say that it could be better – ended Bartek Matysiak.
Results of 1st stage of Tour of Norway (2.HC), Larvik – Larvik (147,5 km):
1. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 3:24:18
2. Sondre Holst Enger (Team Sparebanken)
3. Tom van Asbroeck (TopSport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
6. Bartłomiej Matysiak
9. Maciej Paterski
22. Jarosław Marycz
52. Branislau Samiolau 0:13
68. Marek Rutkiewicz
103. Adrian Kurek 1:45