Arctic Race of Norway: Van Poppel takes stage and leads GC
Aug 13 2016 01:40 am CET

Arctic Race of Norway: Van Poppel takes stage and leads GC
Arctic Race of Norway: Van Poppel takes stage and leads GC

Dutch rider Danny van Poppel took the second stage of the Arctic Race of Norway, being the strongest in a final bunch sprint. He beat German John Degenkolb of Giant-Alpecin and Moreno Hofland of Lotto NL-Jumbo, who were second and third respectively.

The stage was 198.5 kilometers long between the Norwegian cities of Mo I Rana and Sandnessjoen, on a route that had one first category climb and two of the second category.

At the beginning of the race there was an escape of six riders including Jay Robert Thomson of Dimension Data and Adrian Aas Stien of Team Joker. They were caught before the last ascent. Vicente Reynes of IAM Cycling took advantage and tried to escape but was soon caught by the group.

The peloton continued compact until the end as the trains of Giant-Alpecin, Lotto NL-Jumbo and Katusha got ready to launch Degenkolb, Hofland and Alexander Kristoff. Van Poppel positioned himself behind the German sprinter and launched a last moment attack that was enough to take the stage.

With this victory the Dutchman took the leader's jersey and leads the young riders classification, while Team Sky is in first place of the team ranking.

General Classification (After Stage 2)

1- Danny van Poppel (SKY)
2- John Degenkolb (TGA)
3- Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
4- Adrian Aas Stien (TJO)
5- Andreas Schillinger (BOA)
Photo of Danny van Poppel (cropped) by Team Sky





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