Arctic Race of Norway #2: Strong outing from Main

Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling) sprung a surprise as he took line honours in stage two of the Arctic Race of Norway that finished in Kjøllefjord.

A powerful finish saw the American finish strongest of a group of 11 riders with Dennis van Winden (Israeli Cycling Academy) second and Markus Hoelgaard (Joker Icopal) in third.

The 195km course saw plenty of action with the high-winds in the latter half playing havoc, with some riders blown off the road.

Debutant Kent Main finished best for us in the leader’s group to put in a strong showing.

Saturday’s third stage is from Honningsvåg to Hammerfest spanning 194km.

Kent Main – Rider

It was a tough day. Again the race wasn’t really keen to let a breakaway go and we started with the fast tailwind section too. Eventually the yellow jersey managed to get into a move and obviously that’s never ideal so the race was on from the beginning until that came back and then it did settle down briefly. We had some really, really strong crosswinds roughly halfway through and that split the bunch all the way until the finish.

I didn’t feel particularly good at that stage but lucikily my legs came through towards the end and I started to feel better and I managed to stay with the front GC group but at the stage the front of the race was a little bit ahead. So I’m happy that I felt a little bit better than I did yesterday but still two really good days in the legs now.

Looking forward to how tomorrow goes and then the last day on Sunday. Really excited to make the last days count and hopefully we can pull something together for the team and get a result.