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Tour of Norway: Banaszek as the runner-up in stage 4

Alan Banaszek sprinted to 2nd place in stage 4 of Tour of Norway, as he was bested only by three-time stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen.

Info: May 17th, Moss – Sarpsborg, 175km

Course: undulating

Adrian Kurek prepared ground for Banaszek’s sprint, by getting into the 6-man breakaway of the day. That move took the pressure off of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to chase the escape down and “riders in orange” could focus and protecting their young sprinter.

Kurek’s group got caught with 18km to go, at the top of KOM. It stayed all together until the finish despite some late attempts and it was all decided in a mass sprint.

My teammates did a great job of making sure I’m safe in the bunch and I don’t waste any energy. They were huge part of today’s success, since they brought me to the finale in a good position, giving me the opportunity to showcase my sprint skills – Alan Banaszek talks about the stage. – First I sat on Edvald Boasson Hagen’s wheel, as he decided to launch an early sprint and then I switched to Groenewegen’s. He was simply too strong though and I couldn’t overtake him. Just before the finish line my foot slipped off the pedal, so it would be even harder to get around him.