August 13th. – stage 5, Vikersund – Norefjell, 127,4 km
The Queen stage with the final climb to the finish at Norefjell will probably decide the GC in the race. The start will be in Vikersund where they’ll also come through after a first lap.
The ladies will pass the World’s biggest skiflying hill (Vikersundbakken) just after the start and also on the second lap. The lap goes south to Åmot and just outside Blaafarveværket and Koboltgruvene, two of the most visited places in the area.
On the second lap they’ll continue on road 287 through Simostrand and the statue of the ”King of Biathlon” Ole Einar Bjørndalen who comes from here.
After having passed the lake Soneren they’ll turn north towards Sigdal motor center och further to the lake Krøderen. They follow this lake till Noresund where the climb to the finish starts.
On this 10 km uphill the Olympic TT-champion Annemiek van Vleuten made the move that gave here the overall victory in the Ladies Tour of Norway in 2021. The climb is steepest up to the Norefjell Skisenter but it flattens a little bit on the final kilometer to the finish next to Norefjell Ski & Spa.