Sindre Skjøstad Lunke was Team Sunweb’s highest finisher on the final stage of the of the Arctic Race of Norway, taking 25th on the day and sealing his top 15 position overall on GC.
The final stage presented a fairly flat first three-quarters of the 160.5km parcours before a tough finishing circuit to end the race. The day’s breakaway was formed of seven riders, pulling out an advantage of over five minutes. The peloton wasn’t keen to let this group gain too much ground however, keeping them in check and gradually reducing the advantage to make the catch in the final laps of the finishing circuit.
As the pace picked up over the climbs on the circuit the peloton splintered with Sindre finishing in the chase group. Up front the overall race leader broke clear to take the stage ahead, while Sindre came over the line just 16 seconds later. Overall he ends the race in 13th place, 1’01” down on the overall winner.
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts gave his thoughts after the race: “It was a nervous day with a lot of wind and a very tough final circuit today. We wanted to put Sindre in an attack late in the final but as the favourites moved Sindre didn’t quite have the legs to follow. He was up there but finished just outside the top 10 on GC.”