Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s new stagiaire Amanuel Gebreigzabhier got in the mix again on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway where he finished in Top20 once more and moved up in the general classification.
After a strong and aggressive start to the race yesterday, with Bernhard Eisel attacking to take the KOM jersey, the team took it a bit easier today. The flat but scenic finish on the runway at Bardufoss Airport served as the sprinters’ best chance to fight for glory in the race. Therefore, a breakaway would always have a hard time making it all the way.
However, it didn’t keep six riders from trying their luck early on the stage. The peloton was content with the situation but the breakaway was never allowed a gap of more than three minutes. As the riders entered the final circuit near the airfield, the break began to split up. A few opportunistic riders tried to distance the peloton but they were all brought back by the teams of the sprinters.
Ultimately, the newly crowned European champion, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) sprinted to victory in front of Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s stagiaire Amanuel Gebreigzabhier finished in 19th place, taking his second Top20 result in his first two race days with the team. The 22-year-old Eritrean is now 18th in the general classification, 19 seconds behind the leading rider Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team). Eisel had no problems keeping the KOM jersey for another day.