Sindre Skjøstad Lunke was the team’s highest finisher on the uphill finish to stage 3 of the Arctic Race of Norway, finishing 15th from the small front group that fought out the stage victory after a fast uphill run-in.
The third stage of the four day race saw the riders take on 185.5km from Lyngseidet to Finnvikdalen, covering two second category climbs before a final four kilometre uphill to the finish. After the usual early skirmishes, a breakaway of eight riders finally formed at the head of the race. Their advantage was well managed by the peloton throughout the stage before gradually being reeled back in.
All was back together as the race hit the lower slopes of the climb to the finish and despite the slopes not being too steep, the fast pace at the front of the bunch saw the front group thinning all the way to the top. By the finishing straight, around 30 riders were left as the sprint opened up. Sindre came across the line in 15th with teammate Zico Waeytens a few spots behind in 20th. Sindre moves up to 12th on GC with one stage left to race.
“We tried for the break today but missed out on the group of 8 that went up the road,” explained Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts from the finish. “Then in the final we set up Sindre for the hill top finish where he did a respectable climb to come in 15th, moving him up to just outside the top 10 on GC. It’s still possible for him to move up a few spots tomorrow as it will be a tough finishing circuit.”