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Arctic Race of Norway 2019

The Arctic Race of Norway 2019 is a professional road cycling four-stage race that starts on Thursday 15th August and finishes on Sunday 18th August. The race is a class 2.HC race and forms part of the UCI Europe Tour 2019.

The Arctic Race of Norway is fairly new on the cycling calendar having started in 2013. It was created to meet the growing demand and interest in cycling in Norway and following the success of professional Norwegian riders Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) and Thor Hushovd (retired).

Last year, Sergei Chernetskiy (Team Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) won the overall classification, beating Norweigan local rider Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X Norwegian Development Team) by 11 seconds.

The 2019 race profile

Stages:

Stage 1: Å - Leknes. 182 km.

Stage 2: Henningsvær - Svolvær. 168.5 km.

Stage 3: Sortland - Storheia Summit (Melbu). 176.5 km.

Stage 4: Lødingen - Narvik. 166.5 km.

The route for the Arctic Race of Norway 2019 features a new summit finish, aptly called 'Norwegian Mont Ventoux'. Starting on the Lofoten Islands in the town of Å, stage one is a 182 km race with two laps of a circuit to finish. Although the stage contains four classified climbs, a sprint finish is expected for the stage win at Leknes.

Stage two moves the race north to the finishing village of Henningsvær. The 168.5 km stage runs along the seafront towards the finish line, with strong winds a potential challenge. This should be another stage with a bunch sprint deciding the winner.

Moving on from the Lofoten Islands, stage three is a 176.5 km route that heads north before turning back south towards Belbu and the Storheia summit finish - a short 3.5 km climb with an average gradient of 11.8 per cent - dubbed the 'Norwegian Mont Ventoux'.

The final stage of the race will be played out on the mainland, with a 166.5 km stage four. The route to Narvik contains six climbs, three of which will be on the 10.5 km circuit to finish, which Dylan Teuns (Team Bahrain Merida) won to seal both stage and overall victory in 2017.

Overall, the race heavily favours the sprinters, such as Norweigan cycling hero Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) - who has the most amount of stage wins with 5.

Young riders have often excelled in previous years, such as Mathiew Van Der Poel (Team Corendon - Circus) who won two stages last year and has recently won the Dwars door Vlaanderen this year.

Elsewhere, multiple winner Boasson Hagen will be a hot favourite to win once more if he decides to race. Previous winners additionally include Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) in 2014 and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) in 2016.

Given the nature of the course, keep an eye out for the sprinters!

Thor Hushovd, previous race winner and World Champion and now race ambassador, said: “This 7th edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will again be spectacular and undecided just until the last day in Narvik. The first two stages will be an open-air show. In 2013 when I won stage 2 at Svolvær, I rode the most beautiful stage of my career on that day. The finishes at Storheia Summit, the Mont Ventoux of the Vesterålen Islands and at Narvik will certainly be won by the strongest riders.


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