Mathieu van der Poel has the final stage in the Tour of Norway (2.BC) in his name. The Dutchman took the after 145,5 km from Kvalsund to Alta on a slightly inclined finish for the Norwegian cabin belonging to sondre Holst Enger and the Frenchman Quentin Pacher. Previously grabbed, he is also already one of the favourites. First countryman was Benjamin Declercq of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (fifth). The victory goes to the Russian Sergey Chernetskiy of Astana.
In this final stage sheaves 12 riders in the early flight: Guy Niv (Israel Cycling Academy), Tiago Machado (Katusha), Kristoffer Skjerping (Joker-Icopal), Mekseb Debesay, Connor Swift (Dimension Data), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), Wesley Kreder (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Nikolay Mihaylov (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Miguel Bryon (Holowesko) and three compatriots: Sébastien Delfosse and Julien Mortier (both WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen).
Up reason they have a clue of 3:30 and to 20 km of the end remained there for 1 minute. When that clue disappeared, it would be Machado on 12 km of his chances, but he too saved the not. On the final passage of the Thomasbakken, 600 yards, 6 per cent, on average, accelerated Steff Cras, who are eighth on 38 seconds of leader Chernetskiy. The Russian followed immediately in his wheel and that meant the kiss of death for the last escapees under the vod of the km were seized.
Nicholas Roche did have a late attack at 500 meters to which Mathieu van der Poel quickly followed, and with eloquent ease won. The victory goes to Chernetskiy those 11 seconds are left on Markus Hoelgaard. Steff Cras ends when seventh at 42 seconds in the overall standings.
The Belgian team Corendon-Circus has its third victory bite of the Arctic Race of Norway. The veldritteam earned two victories Mathieu van der Poel and one with Adam Toupalik.
Van der Poel rode in Norway last match on the road this season, and he grabbed the victory. “It was maybe easy, but that it was not,” said the Dutchman after the flashinterview. “It was a tough sprint, especially at the end of this course, it really went fast? because the escapees on the local circuit yet a lot ahead. The peloton gave really good was to them, still back to deal with it.”
“I came here for one stage win and now I have two. That is of course very nice and there was also Adam Toupalik who won. It is really great to be in such a way around to cycling with the team. Three victories, that’s really fine for the ‘moral’ and for my season to a close.”
Last week gained Van der Poel the silver medal at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in Glasgow. His next competition is the world cup race bike in La Bresse, france, next weekend. Then follows the world cup in Lenzerheide in the weekend of 8 and 9 september.