The opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway saw the Norwegian Lars Peter Nordhaug (Belkin) attack multiple times over the final 5km’s to solo his way to victory. David Villella (Cannondale) and Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin) sprinted it out for 2nd and 3rd respectively some 6 seconds behind Nordhaug. Johann van Zyl took responsibility for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung and finished in 21st place. The long 204km stage saw an early break of 6 riders get close on a 7 minute gap but the catch was inevitable, especially with such a testing final 30km’s. The racing really lit up on the penultimate climb of the.
Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) lived up to his tag a favourite for the 2nd stage after being delivered to the line first by his Swiss team. Giant-Shimano had trainee Steven Lammertink finish 2nd just ahead of team mate Thomas Damuseau in 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Linus Gerdemann cross the line in 8th position. After finding the break at last weekends Ride London Classic, Adrien Niyonshuti once again went on the attack at today’s Vuelta a Burgos stage. Niyonshuti got away within the first 5km’s of today’s stage with Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Mirko Tedeschi (Neri Sottoli), Jon Larrinaga (Euskatel), Pablo Torres (Burgos-BH) and Pomoshnikov.