Team Sunweb animated the second stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway with multiple attacks, high pace setting, breakaway’s and an impressive sprint finish for Ellen van Dijk. After taking 3rd place on the stage, Ellen goes into the final stage in third overall.
Team Sunweb lined up at the second stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway today for its 140 kilometre route to Fredrikstad.
With various challenging, windy sections throughout the race Team Sunweb seized the opportunity to cause splits to the bunch on more than one occasion, causing riders to have to chase back. After an early break was caught back it was an attack involving Leah Kirchmann that went clear after Ellen van Dijk took second at the final intermediate sprint. A chasing group of five were quick to follow but their efforts were not to prevail and they rejoined the bunch whilst Leah and her breakaway companions continued to extend their lead up to 50 seconds.
With 5 kilometres to go the race came to a halt due to an elevated bridge across a river where a boat was passing. As the gap between the break and peloton was below 30 seconds, the break was automatically neutralised and the race restarted bunched.
Team Sunweb continued to dominate proceedings and were back at the front of the bunch attacking and preparing for the finale. After being lead into the final kilometres by the team, Ellen sprinted to an impressive third place on the stage and retains third place in the overall standings. Floortje Mackaij also sprinted to a strong 7th place.
Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans said: “Today was an amazing stage from the entire team. We were always dominant in the windy, more challenging parts of the race making it even harder for the peloton. The younger riders showed how strong they are today and we had the whole team together during the important parts of the race. With 5 kilometres to go we had the race in our hands but with the bridge opening up we unfortunately missed out. Overall we can be pleased with how we rode today, 3rd place on the stage and 3rd in the GC is strong position for us.”