Bunch sprint decides stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway


Max Kanter

After yesterday’s testing uphill sprint finish, today’s second stage offered a more straight forward flat run in to the line at the Bardufoss airfield. With an intact peloton fighting for the win, Team Sunweb’s fastest finisher was Zico Waeytens in 23rd place.

The stage saw an early break of six riders pulled clear and were to enjoy the stage out front, but with the peloton keeping control over their advantage a bunch sprint always looked likely. With 30km to race their gap was down to just under two minutes and this continued to fall as the finishing circuits ticked past.

Once all back together the attacks were few and far between with all eyes on a fast finish and as the peloton roared into the long finishing straight the fast men came to the fore. Zico was the team’s fastest finisher, with all five Team Sunweb riders finishing safely in the peloton.

Tomorrow’s third stage should serve to shake up the GC after two sprint stages, with a summit finish Finnvikdalen after 185.5km of racing.


After the stage finish, Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts gave his overview: “It was an unusual bunch sprint today on a large, open airport runway. We tried to set it up for Zico but the timing was not good and unfortunately the result was not as we hoped for.”