Adam Toupalik Saturday the third stage in the Tour of Norway (cat. 2.BC) won. The Church of Corendon-Circus remained after 194 km from Honningsvag to Hammerfest a sprintend platoon just for. His Dutch team mate Mathieu van der Poel finished second to two seconds, the Russian Sergei Chernetski was third and retains his leader’s jersey. Benjamin Declercq (8th) and Kevin Deltombe (9th) finished two Belgians of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise in the top ten.
The 28-year-old Chernetski (Astana) has in the position for seven seconds on the Norwegian Markus Hoelgaard and eight on the American Colin Joyce. Steff Cras is the first Belgian eighth in 38 seconds.
After 30 kilometres, and got the early flight form. After several attempts managed nine riders managed to drive away. Among them, not the Belgians, however, Willie Smith, Tom Wirtgen, Johan Le Bon, Connor Swift, Axel Journiaux, Adam Toupalik, Robin Carpenter, Adam Fox and Oivind Lukkedahl. Up they had four minutes, and that bonus had them at 32 kilometers from the finish, still.
The peloton decided to take a step to cross, but had 25 kilometres away, three minutes to make. In the end, the escapees still in the visor, and that made for nervousness on the front. So was the breakaway to three riders reduced: Le Bon, Carpenter, and Toupalik. Despite some late failure from the peloton, among others, of Cyril Lemoine, remained Toupalik just a thinned out peloton.
It is for the 22-year-old Toupalik his first victory in the pros. The Church is especially active in the field, where he already has four national titles won, two for juniors, and two at the promises. He took two medals, bronze in the juniors and silver at the promises, at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS cyclocross.