The Fredriksten Fortress made a beautiful surrounding of start and finish area of the second and last stage of Ladies Tour of Norway. 105 km of hilly terrain, 3 technical local laps, rain and hilly course made the race hard. It was several breakaway attempts during the first 70km and at that point the big favorites made the final jump and got away.
The strong Rabo-Live team had 4 riders represented in the breakaway with Marianne Vos, Anna Van Der Breggen, Roxanne Knetemann and Katarzyna Niewiadoma. Orcia-AIS had Emma Johansson and Valentina Scandolara. Tiffany Cromwell (Spezialized Lululemon) and Rossella Ratto (Estado De Mexico Faren Honda) did also made the split.
At the last lap Emma Johansson had a small attack but the Rabo-Liv team was strong and kept it controlled. Knetemann had to give a small gap on the last kilometers and it ended in a sprint with 7 riders. The world champion, Marianne Vos, won and her two remaining team mates joined her on the podium. Anna Van Der Breggen won the overall classification in this first edition of Ladies Tour of Norway.
-It was a great stage. It was harder than expected, and the weather condition made it even tougher. The team was so good, so we are really happy now, said Marianne Vos after the win.
– The race have been great. This is definitely a start of something big, and I hope to come back, said Vos.
Complete results her.
Anna Van Der Breggen wins 1st. stage of Ladies Tour of Norway after a strong solo ride in Halden city center. The young Dutch Rabo-Live riders leads also points and climbers classifications.
A 5 man break established after offensive racing in the last climb and Van Der Breggen attacked away from that group.
-It was a really nice and very hard race. With did some attacks and in the end it went out perfect. The win for me is great, and I am also enjoy riding here in Norway, said Van Der Breggen.
Last stage of Ladies Tour of Norway will be held tomorrow Sunday the 17th. of August.
You will find updated results here.
Vos won the prologue in Ladies Tour of Norway
In a technical course took Marianne Vos the lead from an early startnumber, and could see the rest of the field finish behind her. Lisa Brennauer took second place four seconds behind Vos. After sixth place today, Thalita De Jong took the white jersey and the lead in the young rider competition.
-The prologue fitted me well. It was technical and spectacular with all the wet corners. I’m happy with my win. It’s not decided that the team will ride solely for me in the general classification. We take it day by day and I want a Rabo-Live winner to win Ladies Tour of Norway, said Marianne Vos after the stage.
-There is fun to be in Norway and do a new race. Today’s stage was technical and it was boring with the rain before start. I’m happy with my race and to take lead in the younger classifications. My team stand strong in the general classification. Marianne Vos is the team leader, but with so many of us on the top it can open up for all of us to get a chance of victory. Most important is that one of us win this race, said Thalita De Jong after the stage.
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