Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the 2nd stage of the Tour des Fjords after a 30km solo breakaway. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Edvald Boasson Hagen lead home an 18 rider chase group to take 2nd place with 3rd going to August Jensen (Team Coop).
It was another cold and wet day at the Tour des Fjords as the peloton tackled the 185km undulating route. 3 riders formed an early break of the day but with so many short sharp climbs, the peloton started to split on the wet roads. Caja-Rural and Team Manzana Postobon started forcing the pace mid way through the stage and this saw many riders lose contact.
With 55km to go, the breakaway was caught by the lead group of 40 odd riders and our African Team was well represented with Boasson Hagen, Serge Pauwels, Jaco Venter and Jay Thomson all in the group. The Kvamskogen climb which topped out at 44km to go was the main obstacle of the day and the attacks here further reduced the front group.
It was on the wet descent though were the defining move was made as Roosen attacked. The main group was split all over the road and so by the time they regrouped, Roosen had already gained 55 seconds. 18 riders were left chasing the lone leader, including Boasson Hagen and Pauwels from our African Team. Roosen was good enough to hold on all the way to the finish though, arriving just 2 seconds before our Norwegian Champion brought the chasers home.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
Today was another tough stage as the weather made it difficult with rain and cold. The course also wasn’t easy with lots of small roads and tunnels. The body temperature keeps changing in and out the tunnels. This took a lot out of the riders and we could see this in the final, all the riders were very tired. There was attack after attack before Manzana Postobon decided to control the race. When we reached the circuit the Lotto rider attacked. Later Serge also attacked which further reduced the bunch. In the end it was 18 riders behind the solo leader but only the Vlaanderen team and Serge were chasing. The Lotto rider made it by 50 meters and Edvald was 2nd. It was a shame we missed out on the stage win but Edvald is up to 3rd on GC now and with 3 stages to go, all is still to play for.