Colin Joyce celebrates at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes GC lead
Aug 17 2018 10:00 pm CET

Colin Joyce celebrates at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes GC lead
Colin Joyce celebrates at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes GC lead
Photo by ASO/A.Broadway

Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling) has taken the victory of the second stage at the Arctic Race of Norway. The rider was the fastest of a reduced group that arrived together to the finish line.

The second stage of the Norwegian race was 195 kilometres long between Tana and Kjøllefjord, featuring a hilly profile. The escape of the day was formed in the first kilometres and included riders like Loic Chetout (Cofidis), Sundre Lunke (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Dennis van Winden (Israel Cycling Academy), among others.

This group was caught with 40 kilometres to go, as the wind managed to break the peloton, and race leader Mathieu van der Poel was caught in a third group after the creation of echelons. Alberto Bettiol (BMC), Jakob Fuglsang and Sergei Chernetski (Astana) made a move in the last climb of the day and even though they created a gap of almost two minutes with the rest with ten kilometres to go, a change of wind changed the race once again.

Eleven chasers came through to the front and BMC's Michael Schär tried to attack in the last section, but the others stayed close and forced a reduced sprint that was won by Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling). Van Winden and Markus Hoelgaard (Joker Icopal) completed the top three of the day.

Chernetski took the lead of the General Classification.






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