Jan Hirt and Davide Rebellin put out good performance on the hardest climb on Stage 3 of Tour of Norway. They were trying to pull away, but eventually finished the race in the bunch. The first one to cross the line was Jesper Hansen.
The stage featured a cat.1 climb, with the top located 25 kilometers from the finish. On the flat, initial kilometers Marcus Faglum (Tre Berg), Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Joker), Adrian Gjølberg (FixIT.no), Ole Forfang (Ringeriks-Kraft) and Vegard Robinson Bugge (Sparenbanken Sør) broke away and quickly gained almost 9 minute lead.
The bunch was paced by Team Sky and Tinkoff – Saxo. They were systematically reducing the gap and the break was caught on the decisive climb. As expected this is where the most crucial moves happened.
One of the first riders to attack was Davide Rebellin, who jumped away with Edwald Boason Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) and Odd Christian Eiking (Joker). The Italian was reeled back in and other riders began to jump from the group. It resulted in Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff-Saxo) getting in the front. He was chased by Jan Hirt, who was climbing alongside Ivan Santaromita (Orica GreenEDGE), David Lopez (Team Sky) and Gustav Larsson (Cult). They hit the snow-covered summit almost one minute behind Hansen.
On the very fast descent Hirt had problems with keeping up with his fellow chasers. He fell behind and when the road flattened out, joined a smaller group, which was caught in the final kilometer by a peloton with Davide Rebellin and Stefan Schumacher.
Hansed managed to hold on for the win. Hagen came in 2nd and Santaromita 3rd. Three CCC Sprandi Polkowice arrived at the line 1:29 behind the winner. Rebellin was 23rd, Schumacher 25th and Hirt 27th.