Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) won stage two ahead of Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky).
Stage two at the Tour des Fjords was another flat day ear-marked for the sprinters. The stage was 188km running from Risør to Kristiansand. Though the stage did not contain any categorised climbs, there were some climbs in the road to trouble the bunch.
A group of three made it out in front relatively early on in the race, and Quick- Step controlled the pace of the peloton to ensure that they did not enjoy too much of a time advantage. They were bought back to the peloton with 40kms of racing. The final circuit leading into Kristiansand included three short climbs, which caused the peloton to fracture. Edvald Boasson Hagen and a small group of riders built up a small lead running into the final 5kms. They were caught by a reduced peloton of 40 riders that would contest the win. Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) took the win ahead of Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) who finished second and Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) who was third. Edvald Boasson Hagen, a bit far out as the sprint started, finished in fourth place for Team Dimension Data. He is now 8th in the GC heading into the final stage.
Edvald Boasson Hagen- Rider
The final today was very hectic but the team did really well. I was a bit too far behind in the last corner in the last sprint, so I ended up finishing fourth. But I will try again tomorrow.