The final stage of the Arctic Tour of Norway was won by Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus), bringing his total race wins to two. The overall classification was claimed by Sergei Chernetski (Astana). Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept Club) rounded off the stage podium. In another exciting day of racing, Connor Swift and Mekseb Debesay featured in the break for Team Dimension Data, which was established once the race left Kvalsund. Swift, after starring in the break yesterday, put in brave fight to stay out in front till the final stretch of racing. Swift featured prominently in the race.
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took another victory as he outprinted Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) at the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg A group of five riders escaped soon after the start of racing. They held onto their lead for the majority of the race before the peloton brought them back, with 18km of racing left to cover. There were numerous attacks off the front following the regrouping. Everyone was back together for the expected sprint finish. Unfortunately, in the final kms, Mark Renshaw was involved in a crash and unable to contest the sprint for Team Dimension Data. Viviani outsprinted the remaining.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) took the victory in today’s final stage, ahead of Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors). The overall race was won by Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida). Today’s final stage included climbs such as Bosberg and the Muur van Geraardsbergen. The riders tackled the Muur four times as part of the finishing loop. Scott Thwaites featured in one of the earlier breaks of the day for our African team. The numerous ascents of the Muur van Geraardsbergen caused the peloton to fracture in the business end of racing and the winner of the stage, Michael Matthews, would come from this.
Another intense day of racing at Binck Bank, where Tom Jelte-Slagter finished in the main group for us..