Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos by being the fastest in the technical uphill sprint. Lobato came in ahead of Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Thomas Damuseau (Giant-Shimano) earlier today. The tight and twisty uphill finale saw a few splits in the peloton but both Sergio Pardilla and Daniel Teklehaimanot would finish as part of the lead group, with Jacques Janse van Rensburg also in the mix. The warm Spanish weather saw 4 riders get away virtually from the gun today, Lluis Más (Caja Rural), Mirko Tedeschi (Neri Sottoli), Ibai Salas (Burgos) and Victor Etxebarria (Euskadi) were the 4 escapees..
The Arctic Race of Norway gets underway tomorrow, starting in the town of Hammerfest. The 4 stage Norwegian tour is the Northern most professional cycle race in all of Europe and it should prove to be quite the spectacle, as racing in Norway always seems to be with it’s breathtaking scenery. The Arctic Race of Norway is a UCI 2.1 category event that consists of 4 road stages. The parcours is an interesting one where it would be tough to pick an outright GC favourite. You would think Stages 1 and 3 would suit a punchy climber and stages 2 and 4 are more for.