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Tour of Norway 2015 Stage 2

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Highlights from stage 2 of the 2015 Tour of Norway

Thursday saw a very active start to Stage 2 of the Tour of Norway but due to a strong headwind, it was difficult for any riders to escape. The pace was so high that it split the peloton, but still no riders were able to get free. Finally, a kilometer before the day’s first intermediate sprint, a five-man break got clear. The group built a maximum gap of five minutes on the 193-km stage. The first rider fell back to the peloton as they reached the Category 3 climb situated 21 km from the finish. With 6.5 km remaining, the four remaining escapees were reeled in. Numerous attacks followed on the run into Langesund, but the race ended in a bunch sprint with Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) winning for the second consecutive day. 

Top 20 Finishers

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 5:05:33
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
4 André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot
5 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
7 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
8 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka
10 Amund Groendahl Jansen (Nor) Team Joker
11 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Riwal Platform Cycling Team
13 Tim Kerkhof (Ned) Team Roompot
14 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
15 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16 Oscar Landa (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus
17 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus
18 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
19 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot
20 Tormod Hausken Jacobsen (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus

General Classification

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 9:47:18
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:08
3 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Joker 0:00:14
4 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5 Oscar Landa (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus 0:00:15
6 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:16
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka
8 Anders Skaarseth (Nor) Team Joker 0:00:17
9 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:20
10 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
11 Nicolai Brochner (Den) Riwal Platform Cycling Team
12 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
13 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
14 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
15 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus
16 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
17 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
18 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
20 Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling

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