Halvorsen second in Norway sprint

29 May 2019

Halvorsen second in Norway sprint

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Tour of Norway stage two: Kvinesdal - Mandal, 174km.

Kristoffer Halvorsen sprinted to second place on the second stage of the Tour of Norway, as he was edged on the line by Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck - Quick-Step).

Halvorsen emerged from Hodeg’s slipstream in the final metres in a bunch kick to the line after a day-long breakaway was caught on the final lap of the finishing circuit, but the Norwegian youngster was unable to find a way past the Colombian rider.

The result moves Halvorsen up to third overall, four seconds adrift of race leader Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) and means he tops the points classification and will wear the purple on stage three.
Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

The team put me in the perfect position and with 100 metres to go I was on Hodeg’s wheel but I was unable to pass him and I think he was just stronger than me today."
And after stepping down from the podium, Halvorsen discussed the day with TeamINEOS.com and was quick to praise his teammates. 

He said: “It was a hard day, as there was a tough start because the break took a while to go, so the pace was very high to begin with. Once it had gone, it was calmer, but there was still a tough chase to bring the break back and it took until the final lap of the circuit.  

“At the end, we did four laps of the finishing circuit, which was made difficult because of the climbs and plenty of tight corners in the circuit. The team was really good in the final, they made sure I was positioned really well on every lap and I had Chris, Swifty and Stannard infront of me and they did a really good job.

They put me in the perfect position and with 100 metres to go I was on Hodeg’s wheel but I was unable to pass him and I think he was just stronger than me today.

“But in the end, that’s how it is and we will try again tomorrow!” 
Highlights 
Overall standings

1. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) 8:04:20
2. Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck - Quick Step) s.t.
3. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team INEOS) +4"
4. Eduard Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) s.t.
5. Franck Bonnamour (Team Arkéa Samsic) +5"

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