The Tour of Norway saw another tough stage in the Hardanger area. 167 km from Rjukan to Geilo were on the menu today with a three categorized climbs. Spaniard Amets Txurukka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) managed to drop his closest rivals on the final incline, wining solo ahead of David Lopez (Sky) and Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi). Edvald Boasson Hagen consolidated his good overall position, coming in just outside the top10. The day saw another strong performance of Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung who were setting the pace in the peloton, leading the chase of Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) and Bob Jungels (Trek). The young Luxemburger was clearly the.
The opening stage of the World Ports Classic lead the peloton from Rotterdam in the Netherlands across the border to Antwerp in Belgium. The 195km flat stage was taken by Italian Andrea Guardini (Astana) in a high speed bunch sprint. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was the teams best placed finisher in eighth. The stage got off to a hectic start with a lead group of five breaking clear. The quintet established a lead of around 2 minutes. Andy Stauff represented Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. The tall German made use of his Cervélo S5, trying hard to stay out front in the wind, but the peloton.