Interview - 14/08 - 20:21 [GMT + 2]

Hugo Houle: “Had the break stayed together, I’d probably have won the GC”

I’m really happy with the way I rode, especially today. It was pretty much tied up on the GC, with the bonus seconds being key. I saw an opportunity to attack on the second climb and I decided to go up the road. There were three Alpecin-Deceuninck guys, they started to pull and I decided to give it a shot along with them. The rest of the favorites couldn’t catch...

Interview - 14/08 - 20:16 [GMT + 2]

Nicola Conci: “We wanted to gamble for the win”

It has been a beautiful day. As a team, we had the goal of trying everything in our hands to win the overall – and, above all, the stage. We wanted to gamble for the win, in spite of risking our three top10 places in the GC. We have raced really well as a team, yet we have found a very powerful Andreas Leknessund to prevent us from reaching our goals. In any case, it’s...

Interview - 14/08 - 20:04 [GMT + 2]

Axel Zingle: “We have honored our status as GC leaders”

I was not chasing the 400 liters of Mack Brewery products on the first intermediate sprint! There were so many things at stake, and I was honestly just thinking of the bonus seconds. In any case, we will make good use of this prize in our November training camp.

The Blue jersey is just a consolation prize. What we were longing for today was the overall win. We have controlled...

Interview - 14/08 - 19:55 [GMT + 2]

Stephen Bassett: “My team has been really good at defending this Peacock jersey”

It was a stressful last two days - more than actually being in the break! The team has been really good at defending this Peacock jersey. These Belgian guys [his runner-up Aaron Van Poucke and his team Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise – ed.] really know how to ride their bikes and it was nice to see how the whole team worked to keep their moves under control. Especially the...

Interview - 14/08 - 19:47 [GMT + 2]

Andreas Leknessund: “Winning here is very special, as this race is one of the reasons I started cycling”

I felt quite bad yesterday, so today the team and I agreed I’d wait for the final laps and see how the legs reacted. But then, once on the road, the attacks kept coming and the team needed to get someone in the break. I went away with three guys and, at first, I honestly thought it was a TV breakaway to just show off the jersey. I didn’t think we would make...

The stage film - 14/08 - 18:15 [GMT + 2]

Unforgettable victory in home soil for Andreas Leknessund

Team DSM’s Andreas Leknessund pulled off a masterpiece he will never forget to win the final stage and the GC of the 2022 Arctic Race of Norway. The Norwegian rider went clear from the peloton with a hundred kilometres to go and proved to be the strongest in the final circuit of Trondheim, holding off all the attempts to bring him back and landing a solo victory that subsequently...

Interview - 13/08 - 19:19 [GMT + 2]

Taco van der Hoorn: “I went on the breakaway to take some pressure off my teammates”

It was okay out there today. I felt good. In the first kilometres there was a big fight for the break. At the beginning a group of 20 riders went clear, and it was strange. We kept attacking as the plan was for me to be on the breakaway to take some pressure off my teammates. I wasn’t going for the win, as the final climb was too difficult for me. I managed to go on a...

Interview - 13/08 - 19:13 [GMT + 2]

Stephen Bassett: “It comes down to tomorrow”

It’s a close lead, but we are very happy with it. We played it defensively today, rather than attacking for more points. My team and Sport Vlaanderen kind of neutralized each other today as we fought to be on the breakaway. To be honest, it was nice to take it a bit easier today and spend the day at the peloton. As for the Peacock jersey, it comes down to tomorrow.

I’m...

Interview - 13/08 - 19:08 [GMT + 2]

Kévin Vauquelin: “It’s very reassuring to be amongst the best”

It’s very reassuring to be amongst the best, as I did today. I’m satisfied I’ve scored a good result. Of course, it’s a pity to come this close to victory and not getting it, but I can’t change that and I am thinking of tomorrow’s stage already.

We are here to win and we will do everything in our hands to do it. We’ll see what’s...

Interview - 13/08 - 18:57 [GMT + 2]

Victor Lafay: “We came here for the win”

My legs are sore! It has been difficult to win here. I knew I had to attack on the stepper sections of the climb. Axel [Zingle] told me that I had to play my chances because he wasn’t feeling at his best. I’ve accelerated with more than 2 kilometres to go, and the way to the finish has felt super long. I saw I had a good gap on my chasers and, as the gradient was...

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