A tough final stage of the stunning Arctic Race of Norway saw Enrico Gasparotto finish seventh and Steve Cummings 12th, both securing top-10 GC positions as a result. The stage was won by Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X) ahead of Amund Grondahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) who also won the race overall. For Cummings he had to in the end give up his hopes of winning the salmon jersey in the King of the Mountains competition to secure the GC result, while for Gasparotto his final stage result mirrored his finish on the opening stage of the race. QUOTE “I think we did the maximum.
Michael Valgren capped off a strong performance at the BinckBank Tour with seventh on the final stage that finished at the Geraardsbergen. The stage was won by Oliver Naesen (AG2R) who shaded Greg van Avermaet (CCC) on the line with Laurens de Plus (Jumbo-Visma) in third, four seconds adrift. That was enough for de Plus to win the race overall. Valgren was part of the chasing group that fractured in the frantic closing stages with the GC battle in full cry, 26 seconds behind the winner and in the process his second top-10 stage finish of the race. That result saw him secure 10th spot.