Second win for Mathieu van der Poel at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes final victory
Aug 20 2018 12:59 am CET

Second win for Mathieu van der Poel at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes final victory
Second win for Mathieu van der Poel at Arctic Race of Norway, Sergei Chernetski takes final victory
Photo of Mathieu van der Poel by Beobank-Corendon

Corendon-Circus' Mathieu van der Poel has taken the victory at the last stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The rider was the fastest at the final sprint, crossing the line ahead of Sondre Holst Enger and Quentin Pacher, while Sergei Chernetski took the overall victory.

The last day of racing at the Norwegian race took the riders through a 145.5-kilometre long route that featured four climbs of the second category and an uphill finish. The escape of the day was formed by 12 riders and included names like Guy Niv, Tiago Machado, Kristoffer Skjerping, Mekseb Debesay and Connor Swift.

Astana took control of the pace at the peloton throughout most of the stage. Swift and Skjerping were the last of the escapees to surrender to the reduced pack, just after the last kilometre mark, and they all went together to face a final sprint.

BMC's Nicolas Roche was the first rider to launch the sprint, but Mathieu van der Poel surpassed him with 200 metres to go and crossed the finish line ahead of Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept). Sergei Chernetski (Astana) crossed the finish line in the eighth position, which was enough to take the final victory of the race.

Team Joke Icopal's Markus Hoelgaard and Rally Cycling's Colin Joyce completed the final podium of the Norwegian race.




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