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Old 05-20-15, 06:26 AM
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Tour of Norway - CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!

Well, this is not a tour that gets much attention, but what the heck, it's on Universal Sports, it's racing, so lets discuss!

This is a 5 stage race which consists mainly of flat and lumpy stages and with what I can see, only one big mountain to get over in stage 3. This race looks like it will favor the strong hilly sprinter type, so I have to think that the hometown Alexander Kristoff is the strong favorite.

Edvald Bossen Hagen riding for MTN Quebcka is also there, and he might be a wildcard in this one if he gets good support as he was the last winner of this race in 2013. Another home-town favorite to watch is Lars Petter Nordhaug riding for Sky, who is coming off of a recent tour victory in the Tour of Yorkshire.

Trek is bring both Bauke Bollema and Franck Schleck, who seem to be the best climbers on the start list, so they will be targeting a stage 3 win I think.

Juraj Sagan is there to, Peters brother.

No Americans are entered that I can see.

6 UCI World Teams, 8 Pro Continental Teams and 7 Continental Teams are entered totaling 196 riders. No Americans are entered that I can see.
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Well, this is not a tour that gets much attention, but what the heck, it's on Universal Sports, it's racing, so lets discuss!

This is a 5 stage race which consists mainly of flat and lumpy stages and with what I can see, only one big mountain to get over in stage 3. This race looks like it will favor the strong hilly sprinter type, so I have to think that the hometown Alexander Kristoff is the strong favorite.

Edvald Bossen Hagen riding for MTN Quebcka is also there, and he might be a wildcard in this one if he gets good support as he was the last winner of this race in 2013. Another home-town favorite to watch is Lars Petter Nordhaug riding for Sky, who is coming off of a recent tour victory in the Tour of Yorkshire.

Trek is bring both Bauke Bollema and Franck Schleck, who seem to be the best climbers on the start list, so they will be targeting a stage 3 win I think.

Juraj Sagan is there to, Peters brother.

No Americans are entered that I can see.

6 UCI World Teams, 8 Pro Continental Teams and 7 Continental Teams are entered totaling 196 riders. No Americans are entered that I can see.
I wasn't to enthusiastic to watch this one because mot of the big names are in the Giro or just finished Amgen. However after watching Yorkshire and how competitive that race was I think it will be similar and I would put Nordhaug as the favorite. I guess the main reason to watch will be for the scenery which is why I never watch tour of Qatar.
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I wasn't to enthusiastic to watch this one because mot of the big names are in the Giro or just finished Amgen. However after watching Yorkshire and how competitive that race was I think it will be similar and I would put Nordhaug as the favorite. I guess the main reason to watch will be for the scenery which is why I never watch tour of Qatar.
Yeah, I tend to think, and like, these smaller stage races as they can be very competitive.

Less stages, no radios and smaller teams have a way of making things very interesting. Every stage will be important and competitive. For instance Sky has only 5 riders listed. Lose one and the pressure can really be on. You also get to see some of the young up-and-comers to the pro peloton.

I caught a stage or two of this race the last time it was run, which was 2013, and if I remember correctly, I'm sorry to say the scenery was rather bland. Maybe it will be better this time
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Yeah, I tend to think, and like, these smaller stage races as they can be very competitive.

Less stages, no radios and smaller teams have a way of making things very interesting. Every stage will be important and competitive. For instance Sky has only 5 riders listed. Lose one and the pressure can really be on. You also get to see some of the young up-and-comers to the pro peloton.

I caught a stage or two of this race the last time it was run, which was 2013, and if I remember correctly, I'm sorry to say the scenery was rather bland. Maybe it will be better this time
Wow, that's surprising. That was one of the reasons I enjoyed Tour of Yorkshire, the scenery and towns were amazing. Hope it is better but looking at the route everything is inland around Oslo and Hamar which may be a little bland.
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Sorry, I didn't put SPOILERS in the thread title, so if the mods can do that for me, I would appreciate it!


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OK, great first stage!

It's Kristoff in a thriller!

I thought the breakaway was going to make it. They only got caught with about 200mtrs left! Yeah, deep in the finishing straight! Boessen Hagen was the first to catch them and made his move for the line, but both Kristoff and Caleb Ewan beat him to the line in the uphill finish. Boessen Hagen finished third in the same time, but had no kick to match Kristoff.

Katusha had to work there rear ends off for this win, so we'll see if they recover for tomorrows stage, which should be another sprint finish. Lars Petter Nordhaug lost 2 seconds on the day...

Oh, a pretty stage to watch today to! Well done Norway!
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OK, great first stage!

It's Kristoff in a thriller!

I thought the breakaway was going to make it. They only got caught with about 200mtrs left! Yeah, deep in the finishing straight! Boessen Hagen was the first to catch them and made his move for the line, but both Kristoff and Caleb Ewan beat him to the line in the uphill finish. Boessen Hagen finished third in the same time, but had no kick to match Kristoff.

Katusha had to work there rear ends off for this win, so we'll see if they recover for tomorrows stage, which should be another sprint finish. Lars Petter Nordhaug lost 2 seconds on the day...

Oh, a pretty stage to watch today to! Well done Norway!
Yes great race. I enjoyed the scenery. Love seeing the large houses with tons of land and trees everywhere. However, back to racing, I am always amazed how the peloton almost always seems to catch the breakaway within 500 meters of the stages end in most GC races as was the case in Stage 1. I can only imagine each team has analysts calculating the distance and timing to make sure the big teams always get there just in time and in front to lead out there sprinters. It doesn't seem to be that way in the 1 day classics.

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Yes great race. I enjoyed the scenery. Love seeing the large houses with tons of land and trees everywhere. However, back to racing, I am always amazed how the peloton almost always seems to catch the breakaway within 500 meters of the stage in most GC races as was the case in Stage 1. I can only imagine each team has analysts calculating the distance and timing to make sure the big teams always get there just in time and in front to lead out there sprinters. It doesn't seem to be that way in the 1 day classics.
That's why these smaller tours are so interesting, no radios, and smaller teams.

It's much harder to control the race when there are no radios. It takes more time for a team and the peloton to get it's act together when they don't have that immediate communication. With the smaller teams, its also harder to chase down breaks, create breaks, support breaks and get a leadout train together and you can't waste anybody on the team, so you are forced to make smart decisions. I think the Continental teams really like racing this way with less control. It gives them a fighters chance. Katusha and Sky, probably not so much!

I wonder why Shimano didn't show-up here with Degenkolb? This race was made for his style and strengths and I would have loved to see him go head-to-head with Kristoff.

Agreed, pretty stage...
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That's why these smaller tours are so interesting, no radios, and smaller teams.

It's much harder to control the race when there are no radios. It takes more time for a team and the peloton to get it's act together when they don't have that immediate communication. With the smaller teams, its also harder to chase down breaks, create breaks, support breaks and get a leadout train together and you can't waste anybody on the team, so you are forced to make smart decisions. I think the Continental teams really like racing this way with less control. It gives them a fighters chance. Katusha and Sky, probably not so much!

I wonder why Shimano didn't show-up here with Degenkolb? This race was made for his style and strengths and I would have loved to see him go head-to-head with Kristoff.

Agreed, pretty stage...
Wow thats right I forgot no radios which makes the Pelotons timing even more amazing. Degenkolb would have been great to see. He does much better on hilly stages than Kristoff does.
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Stage 2 was a pretty quiet stage all-in-all, but it was another exciting bunch sprint at the line.

Somehow, Katusha got away with doing little work today, even though they had the fastest man in the race and the yellow jersey. MTN did a lot of the pushing along with Sky, so in the end, Katusha was fresh and came to the front with 3 leadout riders for Kristoff. It was perfect and Kristoff launched for the line and took it. But it was another second place for Caleb Ewan, and this time he gave Kristoff all he could handle, as he closed on him at a quick rate, but ran out of road and took second. This kid is only 20 years old, so he is really somebody to watch in the future.

MTN is looking organized and racy here. I wish they would have rode this way in the TOC! They rode as a team to today, and kept Bossen Hagen close and again at the same time as the leaders.

Petter Nordhaug looked tired and rode at the back all day, so he is out for the overall.

It was a really scenic stage, so they must have changed the race around since the last time I watched it, because it was rather bland then.

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I haven't seen any of the highlights, but it seems Kristoff is still on form, dude is having a great season.
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I haven't seen any of the highlights, but it seems Kristoff is still on form, dude is having a great season.
Yeah, no doubt, he is on fire. I would have loved to see him up against Degenkolb and Sagan here, because this tour is built for these 3 guys.

I think Kristoff is now tied with Cav for the most wins this season.

The real talk of this tour has to be Caleb Ewan, the 20 year old sprinter that has been nipping at the heels of Kristoff in both stages. He actually looked faster than Kristoff today, in spite of the great Katusha lead out, on the flat finish, but ran out of road.

Tomorrows stage should give the sprinters the day off. Maybe Schleck will shine tomorrow?
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It's a pity that the today finish isn't on the top of the Flisetjønn.
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Great stage today, 180k and up and down a really tough mountain.

Jesper Hansen of Tinko got his first pro win today and now takes the lead in the GC. He broke away on the climb from Davi Lopez and went about 20 k to the finish on his own. That climb was tough, as it was very cold at the top, wide open to the crosswinds and with heavy snow still on the shoulders. The downhill was even worse as the roads were wet and near freezing, but Hansen really bombed it down that mountain and nobody was going to catch him. Everyone was strung out on the treacherous downhill and nobody could organize any chase.

Boessen Hagen took second and kept it close in the overall, but is now 37 seconds down. Everyone third on down is now over a minute off. With a good ride tomorrow, Hansen has a real chance to win this thing.

Kristoff did fairly well over the mountain and is now 1.29 down and hanging tough in 6th place, not to bad for the big man.

Neither Mollema or Schleck were factors today. Nordhaug also finished down.

Tomorrow is another stage for the GC men.
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Yeah, no doubt, he is on fire. I would have loved to see him up against Degenkolb and Sagan here, because this tour is built for these 3 guys.

I think Kristoff is now tied with Cav for the most wins this season.

The real talk of this tour has to be Caleb Ewan, the 20 year old sprinter that has been nipping at the heels of Kristoff in both stages. He actually looked faster than Kristoff today, in spite of the great Katusha lead out, on the flat finish, but ran out of road.

Tomorrows stage should give the sprinters the day off. Maybe Schleck will shine tomorrow?
Degenkolb took a stage win and the yellow jersey for a couple of days at Bayern Rundfahrt. So I think Kristoff, Sagan and he are just maintaining, and looking towards a big July.

Like I've said, I hope Degenkolb isn't just Kittel's leadout man at the Tour. He and Kristoff could make the green jersey battle with Sagan very interesting.
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Degenkolb took a stage win and the yellow jersey for a couple of days at Bayern Rundfahrt. So I think Kristoff, Sagan and he are just maintaining, and looking towards a big July.
Yeah, I guess there all doing there own thing in preparation for Le Tour. Best not to show your cards to each other in these early stage races.

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Like I've said, I hope Degenkolb isn't just Kittel's leadout man at the Tour. He and Kristoff could make the green jersey battle with Sagan very interesting.
Kittel has been in bad shape since nearly the start of the season, so who knows what kind of shape he'll be in come July. Heck, if he's even there, he might be Degenkolbs leadout! But I agree, these 3 riders are all very similar, and they can make the green jersey interesting and challenging for Sagan.
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Today was another day for the GC riders, and this young kid named Jesper Hansen showed everyone that yesterdays victory was no fluke, as he put his stamp on this stage with a strong 2nd place and likely the overall win to.

Hansen wasn't content to ride the 2nd place Bossen Hagens wheel to the finish today, he attacked on the last climb, and the Boss had no answer for this kid who took it all the way to the line. He now leads this race by almost a minute now over the Boss, and everyone else is way down, so barring a real calamity, this thing is over and the Dane will take the overall. Nicely done.

Tomorrow is a sprinters day, so I expect to see Kristoff going to the line with Ewan on his wheel again, maybe even beating King Kristoff this time!
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Surprise surprise!

Kristoff can't get it done today in the last and final stage of the Tour. Looked like a sprinters stage, but turned out to be a breakaway day in the rain. Norwegians went 1-2-3 as Andreas Vangstad took his first ever win followed by Frederik Galta and then Kristoff in third. Jesper Hansen took the overall and Boessen Hagen was second overall, but never took a stage win.

Good tour all-in-all
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