With two trainees from Team Sunweb’s development program riding their first race with the men’s program at the Arctic Race of Norway and a Norwegian rider riding on home turf, there are plenty of reasons for Team Sunweb to be motivated for a great race.
The opening stage saw riders contest a 156 kilometre route from Engenes to Narvik. Whilst a breakaway spent the day up the road, Team Sunweb remained tucked in the bunch preparing for the finale. With 22 kilometres to go a chasing group made their way up to the front of the race. The peloton were keen not to let them get too far away, always keeping them just 30 seconds ahead of them. With a high tempo in the bunch the peloton began to reduce and eventually the leading group were caught. As the catch was made, the peloton began to reduce. Team Sunweb were represented in the front group by Zico Waeytens and Sindre Skjøstad Lunke who went on to contest the finale. Whilst more attacks were launched the front group split again, with Zico finishing the day inside the top 30.
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said: “It was a difficult final and we hoped to get Sindre into a group with Zico being ready in the outcome of a sprint. Both were in the front in the final but not able to make a top result today. Tomorrow is a new day and we will try again.”