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AIOCC (Association Internationale des Organisateurs de Courses Cycliste) is the international association which includes the world’s largest cycling organizers of the world calendar for men and women.
This week AIOCC has arranged their annual general meeting in Paris, and for the first time, Ladies Tour of Norway and our Technical Director Anders Eia Linnestad has been represented at this meeting. This due to that we are now one of the 16 new organizers to be a member of AIOCC.
Here your can read more about AIOCC.
Chloe Hosking took the tears after the victory on the last stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway. The Trek-Segafredo-rider is back after a long time of sickness with covid-19 and heartproblems. This was her first race since Gent-Wevelgem, but she outsprinted Corin Rivera (Team DSM) and Chiara Consonni (Valcar).
Rivera was the favourite to take the stage when the peloton caught the two breakaways of the day: Jule van der Berg (Jumbo-Visma) and Rosella Ratto (Bingoal). Team DSM worked hard to set it up for the American, but Lucinda Brand went to the front on the last 2 kilometers and brought Hosking to a perfect position for the last 300 meters.
And the Australian showed her old speed and held off Rivera and Consonni in a tight sprint. That got the tears on the face of Chloe who has fought her way back during what was nearly stopping her career.
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) was well protected by her team and didn’t let Asleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) get away on the 141,5 km long final stage from Drøbak to Halden. The Olympic time trail champion won by 39 seconds on the GC.
Kristen Faulkner (Team Tibco-SVB) was third, but she lost the green points jersey to Canadian Alison Jackson (Liv-Racing) who outsprinted Faulkner on the two intermediate sprints on the stage.
Nina Buysman (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won the polkadot jersey as the best climber, while the big talent Niamh Fischer-Black (SD Worx) took the best young rider jersey. SD Worx also won the team competition.
Stage 4 :
No. 1 : Cloe Hosking
No. 2 : Coryn Rivera
No. 3 : Chiara Consonni
Further info and updated info to come.
The Olympic time trail champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) attacked within the last three kilometer of the 11 km long climb to the finish at Norefjell on stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Norway.
She dropped Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) and took over the lead in the race in front of the last stage.
The big favourite waited till the last, long climb before they made any moves. The 145 km long stage from Drammen to Norefjell was considered the ”queen stage” of the race with an 11 km climb averaging 6,1% to the finish.
Brodie Chapman (FDJ) was the only attacker early on and she was later joined by the Norwegian champion Vita Heine. But they never gained a big gap and when the climb started it was firework from the first meter.
But it wasn’t until the last three kilometer the big favourite made the final move. On the step part to the 3 km mark van Vleuten dropped first Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ) and then Moolman-Pasio.
The Olympic champion went on to win the stage by 35 seconds. Uttrup Ludwig was really tired and was also passed by the two Alé BTC Ljubljana-riders Mavi Garcia and Marlen Reusser on the final meters.
Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) lost 1,15 minutes in the yellow jersey and van Vleuten took over the lead in the GC. She is now 39 seconds ahead of Moolman-Pasio in front of the final stage to Halden on Sunday. This is a fairly flat stage and probably a battlefield for the sprinters.
Kristen Faulkner (Tibco-SVB) is holding on to the points jersey with a two points lead over Alison Jackson (Liv Racing), while Nina Buysman (Parkhotel Valkenburg) has a good lead in the fight for the Queen of the Mountains jersey.
New leader in the fight for the white jersey, best young rider, is New Zeelander Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) who is holding a 29 seconds lead over her teammate Anna Shackley.
Here you will find complete results from the third stage.
First place : Annemiek van Vleueten – Movistar
Second place: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio – SDWorks
Third place : Mavi Garcia – ALE BTC Ljubljana
Furter info and updated to come
Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) took one of her absolute biggest wins when she held off the chasing bunch and sprinted home the victory on stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway.
So for the second day in a row a lonely rider won just ahead of the peloton.
But American Kristen Faulkner (Team Tibco-SVB) is holding on the the yellow jersey.
The early break of the race was formed by the two French riders Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) and Aude Biannic (Movistar). They worked good together, but the gap was never much more than two minutes on the 145,2 km long stage in the municipality of Indre Østfold between the cities of Askim and Mysen.
Jumbo-Visma went to the front of the peloton and increased the speed after 90 km. And when the riders came to the climbs after Spydeberg it was time for Markus to make her move. She attacked and after some kilometers she bridged up to Cordon-Ragot and Biannic.
The trio worked together, but they couldn’t increase the gap and after the last sprint at Skjønhaug (118,7 km) first Cordon-Ragot and then Biannic hade to let Riejanne Markus go.
The Jumbo-Visma-rider continued alone and before the final lap it was close to a minute down to the rest. And with a climb in the 8,2 km long final lap Markus was under pressure, but she held her advantage and came to the final kilometer with nearly 20 seconds lead.
And on the slightly uphill finish she had no problems holding off a fast sprinting Corin Rivery (Team DSM) taking second ahead och Alison Jackson (Liv-Racing).
The queen stage of the four days race is coming on Saturday with the 11 km climb to the mountain at Norefjell as a finish. A lot of people are looking at Olympic TT-champion Annemiek van Vleuten, but Asleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) and some other ladies might give her a fight up the mountainside.
Kristin Faulkner (Tibco-SVB) attacked from a break of 5 riders and won a sensational victory on the first stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway on Thursday.
– It’s my first ever WordTour-victory and I was really afraid they should catch me on the line, said the 28 year old American who just held of the peloton sprinting behind.
Faulkner was a part of a five rider group who were in front for most of the race. She escaped after som 40 km together with Anna Christian (Drops), Nina Buysman (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Tiril Jørgensen (Norwegian national team) and Nathalie van Gogh (Bingoal).
The group hade 4 minutes at the most but when they got closer to the final circuit in Sarpsborg the peoloton increased the speed and got within two minutes.
Faulker attacked her breakaway compratiots before crossing the line for the first time with 20 km to go. She went on alone as the other four were realed in by the peloton.
But it was not really any team able to contral the chance and with two laps to go (13,4 km) Faulkner had increased the gap to one minut.
The chaser took half out it away on the penultimate lap, but she managed to just hold off the others on the slight uphill finish. One reason for this was also a crash in the peloton that took down some of the riders. It caused a disorder between the teams again and Kristen Faulkner was just able to win by a few centimeters ahead of home hope Susanne Andersen (Team DSM) and the Brittish champion Alice Barnes (Canyon SRAM).
– I haven’t even begun thinking about how to defend the leaders jersey tomorrow, says Faulkner not very familiar by being in the center of everybody in the finish area in Sarpsborg after 141,5 km
– I’ve never raced in front of so many people before, she smiles.
Faulkner also took the points jersey while Nina Buysman (Parkhotel Valkenburg) who was also in the break is the leader of the Queen of the Mountains jersey. Anna Shackley (SD Worx) holds the best young rider jersey, while Susanne Andersen (Team DSM) was the best The Ladies Tour of Norway is a four days race and it will finish in Halden on Sunday. The big test is the mountain finish to Norefjell on Saturdays stage 3.
Kristen Faulkner from Team Tibco Silicon Valley won the first stage of LToN 2021.
It was a close race with Susanne Andersen from Team DSM at the 2nd. place and Alice Barnes from Canyon//Sram Racing at 3rd.
Full results and further info to come.
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