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Tour of Norway: “Riders in orange” in the bunch on a sprinter stage

The longest, 200-kilometer long, Stage 2 of Tour of Norway, ended with a bunch sprint. Adrian Kurek was the top finisher of the sprinter-less “orange squad” and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) took his second consecutive victory.

Strong headwind early on caused a lot of trouble for the escapees to break clear. The leading group was formed after 30 kilometers and it consisted of 5 riders – Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural), Tormod Hausken Jacobs (Topsport), Anders Skaarseth (Joker), Ole Forfang (Ringeriks-Kraft) and Vegard Robinson Bugge (Sparenbanken Sør). They increased their advantage to 5 minutes and maintained it at this level for a long time.

When it was 70 kilometers to go the gap began to drop, mostly due to pace set by MTB Qhubeka, Team Sky and Katusha. The break was reeled in with 4,5 kilometers to go and despite few late attacks the race came down to a bunch sprint. Since CCC Sprandi Polkowice competes in Norway with no pure sprinter, the “riders in orange” didn’t participate in the battle for victory. They arrived safely in the bunch and Adrian Kurek was the top finisher, in 34th place.

Alexander Kristoff enforced his position as a GC leader and claimed the stage win. He bested Caleb Ewan (Orica GreeEDGE) and Andrew Fenn (Team Sky).