Cees Bol has Tuesday the openingsetappe of the Tour of Norway (UCI 2.BC) won. The Dutchman of Team Sunweb was in a bunch sprint faster than the Romanian Eduard Grosu and the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff, and is also the first leader.
Two days after the Hammer Series in Stavanger went to the peloton in the same place of start for a six-day stage race category on the European UCI calendar. Six days, that is one day more than the previous editions, by the merge with the Tour of the Fjords. The first stage went 168 miles on light heuvelende roads of Stavanger to Egersund, where Bjorg Lambrecht last year on a different (ascending) arrival, the ride won.
The early escapees listened to the names Elmar Reinders, Fridtjof Roinas, Jacob Eriksson and Torstein Traaen, but their adventure was deep in the final cut, by Deceuninck-Quick Step, that will include Alvaro José Hodeg and Remco Evenepoel at the start had brought, and by UAE-Team Emirates Team Dimension Data and Team Ineos, the teams of the fast-public favorites, Alexander Kristoff, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Kristoffer Halvorsen.
But in the sprint it was Sphere that is almost a bike ahead with all the honor went to walk away. Earlier this season, won the 23-year-old neo pro from Team Sunweb even though the Danilith Nokere Curonian and the final stage of the Tour of California, his last price for this Tour of Norway. With Lawrence Naesen (fourth), Tom Van Asbroeck (eighth) and Tim Wellens (tenth) finished three Belgians in the top ten of the favourites. (belga)