Braving the challenge of the far north
Bodø, the nerve centre of Nordland, will double as the hub of the 2024 Arctic Race of Norway. This edition, held entirely above the Arctic Circle, will serve up a gruelling challenge for the toughest of the tough. A 157 km trek from Bodø to Rognan will get the show on the road. After skirting Lake Soløyvatnet twice, the peloton will venture onto...
Christian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan): “I think we could have done better”
On one hand, I’m happy because this result means I’m in good shape and it will give me confidence going into the next races in my schedule, which are also important. On the other hand, the outcome is a bit of a shame because I think we could have done better, particularly in this final sprint on which Michele [Gazzoli] and I haven’t managed to fully understand...
Vincent Van Hemelen (Flanders-Baloise): “A nice prize to take home… but it’s just a start”
I’m very happy of this Peacock jersey and about my overall performance in this Arctic Race of Norway. I’ve been able to show my legs. I went to Andorra for a training camp and it has paid off. I don’t know what this Arctic might mean for my career. I hope it’s just a start. I’m already racing with the big guys, but there is still a long way to go...
Kevin Vermaerke (Team dsm-firmenich): “A step in the right direction for me”
Coming into this day everyone was sitting quite close in the GC, with only a couple of seconds separating the top15. We had a plan to go for the first intermediate sprint, and I picked up a couple of seconds there to move myself up to third in the provisional GC. We wanted to play for the stage win in the final, but it was pretty hard to get a gap because of the headwind. It...
Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech): “I’m proud to be a part of this”
It definitely was quite a stressful stage, to be honest. The start was very hectic, as there was no breakaway for the first 70 kilometres, but once it went, we played it perfectly. It was a really good day, with fantastic teamwork from all the guys. There were 15 men in that break, and just two or three Israel riders rotating at the front of the bunch to keep the gap below 2’30”...
Clément Champoussin (Arkea-Samsic): “It’s good to win, no regrets”
I have no regrets about this week. It’s true that I missed the right move on the second stage and I ruined my chances for the GC, but that enabled me to race without any stress on my shoulders over the two final stages. It’s good to win, and I’m sure my teammates are pretty happy about this victory since they have pulled for me in the final kilometres today....
Williams conquers the Arctic
Israel-Premier Tech’s Stephen Williams won the 2023 Arctic Race of Norway by only one second over Astana Qazaqstan’s Christian Scaroni, emulating the minimal gap that allowed Alexey Lutsenko to claim the 2019 title with Warren Barguil as the runner-up. Team dsm-firmenich’s Kevin Vermaerke stood third on the final podium, taking advantage of the bonus seconds...
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General Ranking 2023 :
1. S. Williams (ISRAEL PREMIER-TECH)
2. C. Scaroni (ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM)
3. K. Vermaerke (TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH)
4. T. Johannessen (UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM)
5. D. Teuns (ISRAEL PREMIER-TECH)
Stage 4 Ranking :
1. C. Champoussin (TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC)
2. O.C. Eiking (NORWEGIAN TEAM)
Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X): “Tomorrow’s stage is going to be chaos as well”
I went a bit too early in the final kilometer, as I really wanted to get the victory today. My teammates rode like heroes all day long, as they had done over the first two stages. We have really showed that we are one of the strongest teams in this race, both in the crosswinds and in the climbs. It’s really fun to be part of this team, and I believe we are making the race...
Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech): “I was confident going into the final climb”
I’m really happy to get win today and repay all my teammates for their excellent work today. It’s also my first victory for this team. I was confident coming into the final climb and was given the responsibility today. It was a bit of a stalemate towards the end because of the headwind. Still, I was able to throw my hands in the air after coming past with a good...
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