Davide Rebellin proved to be in a good form, after coming out of the shoulder injury. He came in in 18th place on stage 1 of Tour of Norway. It ended with an uphill sprint, won by Alexander Kristoff.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders tried to pull away early on, on the opening stage, but eventually they didn’t make the final cut. Antonio Molina (Caja Rural), Nikola Aistrup (Riwal), Sebastian Balck (Tre Berg), Vegard Stake Laengen (Joker) and Oscar Landa (Coop) were able to get in the breakaway and quickly gain over 7 minutes of advantage.
Katusha-paced peloton was reducing the gap and later other teams joined the Russian team in the chase. Also the escape was enforced, by two Lotto-Soudal riders, Pim Lighthart and Sean de Bie. They bridged the gap and increased breakaway’s chances of succeeding.
Unfortunately for them the bunch calculated the chase perfectly and caught the escapees within last kilometer. The stage ended with a hard, uphill mass sprint, which caused the peloton to split. Davide Rebellin and Stefan Schumacher managed to arrive at the line in the first group, with the winner and first leader of the race, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Norwegian defeated Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE) and Edwald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka).
Rebellin took 18th and Schumacher 23rd.