Arctic Race of Norway to visit Finland for the first time ever in 2020
Nov 13 2019 01:41 am CET

Arctic Race of Norway to visit Finland for the first time ever in 2020
Arctic Race of Norway to visit Finland for the first time ever in 2020
Arctic Race of Norway (c)ARN/Pauline BALLET

The Arctic Race of Norway has presented its route for 2020 and it will go for the first time to Finland.

The eighth edition of the race will be held between the sixth and the ninth of August of 2020. For the first time, the race will start in Tromsø and will take the riders through a route that includes a categorised climb at 2.5 kilometres from the end that can stretch the pack and make a selection ahead of the finish.

The second day, the competition will enter Finland for the first time in its history, in a 12-kilometre stretch that will close the stage. Despite having four categorised climbs, this stage is bound to be for the sprinters.

The Arctic Race of Norway will continue with the queen stage which will go from Finnsnes to Malselv over a 184.5-kilometre route that includes a final ascent to a summit finish at the ski resort of Malselv. The fourth stage of the competition will be for the puncheurs and will conclude with an 8.5 circuit in Harstad, like its first-ever edition.

"The eighth edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be a spectacular race that goes down to the wire," said Thor Hushovd, former world champion and ambassador of the race. "I am delighted to go back to Harstad, where I won the general classification in the inaugural edition. The 2020 edition also has new things in store, including a stage finish in Kilpisjärvi, Finland.

"Both this stage and the previous one in Tromsø are tailored to sprinters, but punchy climbers will take centre stage from then on. If one thing is certain, it is that our landscapes will again leave riders and TV viewers filled with awe."

Route of the 2020 Arctic Race of Norway:

- Thursday 6th August, stage 1: Tromsø – Tromsø, 166km
- Friday 7th August, stage 2: Nordkjosbotn – Storfjord / Kilpisjärvi, 172km
- Saturday 8th August, stage 3: Finnsnes – Målselv, 184,5km
- Sunday 9th August, stage 4: Gratangen - Harstad, 161km
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