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Tour of Norway 2015 Stage 1

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Highlights from Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour of Norway

The 183-kilometer stage was one for the sprinters and saw a fast pace from the start. Team Novo Nordisk’s Stephen Clancy attacked early into the race and only one rider grabbed his wheel. The duo stayed out front for a couple kilometers before the peloton decided to pull them back. By 25 km, the day’s main break was established. The five-man break quickly built a sizeable lead of 7:30 and as the race hit the finishing circuits around Sarpsborg, the escapees still had a considerable gap. The sprinters teams had to push hard in the final kilometers to bring this group back, causing several riders to lose contact. With 500 meters remaining, the escapees were eventually caught with Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) proving quickest to the line.

Top 20 Finishers

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:42:05
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka
4 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:02
5 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
7 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
8 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
10 Frederik Galta (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus
11 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
12 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Joker
13 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Riwal Platform Cycling Team
14 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky
15 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
17 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
18 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
19 Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
20 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus

General classification after stage 1

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:41:55
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:04
3 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Joker
4 Oscar Landa (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus 0:00:05
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka 0:00:06
6 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:10
7 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
9 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
10 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
11 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
12 Frederik Galta (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus
13 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
14 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Riwal Platform Cycling Team
15 David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky
16 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
17 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
18 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
19 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
20 Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling

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