Edoardo Affini takes maiden victory in Tour of Norway: I will always remember this day
Jun 01 2019 05:11 am CET

Edoardo Affini takes maiden victory in Tour of Norway: I will always remember this day
Edoardo Affini takes maiden victory in Tour of Norway: I will always remember this day
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Edoardo Affini has taken the victory of the fourth stage at the Tour of Norway. This is the first professional win for the Italian.

The 22-year-old was part of the six-man breakaway that was formed in the first part of the stage. This group created a gap of around four minutes with a pack that was controlled mainly by Dimension Data -which was protecting Edvald Boasson Hagen's GC lead.

The breakaway entered the last three kilometres of the route with an advantage of 25 seconds, but its riders managed to sprint to victory. Affini was the most efficient rider at the final sprint and crossed the line ahead of Anders Skaarseth, Sander Armee, Rasmus Quaade and Daniel Turek.

"It is my first professional win so I will always remember this day, it is amazing," the rider commented. "It was a super hard day, full gas from the start, then I managed to go into the breakaway and we had a really good collaboration. We were able to get a good gap on the bunch but we knew that when they start to chase fast that they can close the gap in just a few kilometres, so I was not really sure if we could stay away.

"On the last lap the guy from Lotto-Soudal decided to go really hard on the small climb on the circuit and we were a bit split but we managed to come together again and went full gas to fight against the bunch. When we entered the last kilometre I thought maybe it was possible, and when I did the last two corners I just found a good position and I said to myself just go all in and if they catch me it doesn't matter. I tried everything and in the end, I was able to do it so I am really happy. It is a great feeling."

Boasson Hagen arrived to the end of the stage with the peloton and maintained the lead of the general classification of the Scandinavian race.






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