The Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) is the first leader in the eighth edition of the Tour of Norway (cat. 2.BC). He won in the sprint in Horten with ease, the openingsetappe, for the Norwegian cabin belonging to sondre Holst Enger and Spain’s Jon Aberasturi.
Four smaller Belgian teams brought in a total of fifteen compatriots at the start of the Tour of Norway, but that played no major role in the opening stage. That was colored by an early flight with the local heroes Andreas Vangstad, Oivind Lukkedal, Audun Brekke Flotten and Erik Nordsaeter Resell.
Just before the cutting of the two local laps in Horten were the four back got caught and no one was able to the bunch sprint still escape. The run-up towards it was still disrupted by a few large crashes, but videos Dylan Groenewegen and Kristoffer Halvorsen could dance to spring forth.
The 24-year-old Groenewegen made to his role, where the winner of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne sprinted with great force to its sixth seizoenszege. Two Belgians made it to the top ten: Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was fourth, Kevin Deltombe (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) sixth.
Thursday wait Groenewegen a firm command to his leader’s jersey to defend: the second stage in Norway ends on a slope.