Tour of Norway #1: Bunch sprint decides stage 1

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Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) won the bunch sprint ahead of Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi – Murias) in the first stage of the Tour of Norway.

The Tour of Norway got underway today, with a 186km stage running from Svelvik to Horten. The stage included a category two and category three climb.

A break of three riders made it away, Andreas Vangstad (Team Joker Icopal), Øivind Lukkedal (Team Coop) and Audun Brekke Fløtten (Team Virtu Cycling). They were later joined up the road by Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team). Team Dimension Data worked with Team LottoNL-Jumbo to keep the break under control. Føtten and Lukkedal stayed in front until the peloton entered the circuit in Horten.

Once on the circuit, Pawel Bernas attacked, but was soon brought back. In the final 2kms, a crash split the peloton, and Edvald Boasson Hagen was beside it as the race headed towards a bunch sprint. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) out-sprinted the bunch to win the stage ahead of Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi – Murias). Edvald Boasson Hagen finished in 17th place for Team Dimension Data.

Gino van Oudenhove – Sports Director
“We decided to let the break of the day not get too much of an advantage and put some good effort into that. Four riders got away, but with the steady control of our team and Lotto Jumbo, they were always kept near. The break was reeled in when we entered the circuit in Horten. The final was very hectic with some crashes. Edvald tried for the sprint, but at the same time he didn’t want to jeopardize the rest of the week. The guys did a tremendous job and we had things under control till the sprint. This gives us great motivation for the stages to come.”