Halvorsen victorious in Norway finale

02 Jun 2019

Halvorsen victorious in Norway finale

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Tour of Norway stage six: Gran - Hønefoss, 175.1km.

Kristoffer Halvorsen sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of Norway to finish second overall and top the best young rider classification.

Halvorsen rounded off a perfect leadout with a well-judged sprint to the line, edging Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) on the line.

The result saw Halvorsen move up to second in the final general classification behind Kristoff and take home the white jersey. 

In the lead up to the final, the early breakaway were brought to heel with 20 kilometres remaining thanks to great work on the front of the peloton from Ian Stannard, who was able to work with other teams to shut down the move which had led the race from the off.

The bunch stayed together until the lead up to the final climb, which saw Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) break free until Vasil Kiryienka and Ben Swift combined well to cut down his lead.

Kiryienka then led the Team INEOS train to the line, with turns from Stannard, Golas and Swift that led Halvorsen to the line to record his second win of the season.
Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

“It was a really amazing feeling, we have been trying all week to get a stage win and today we managed it."
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Kristoffer Halvorsen

“It was a really amazing feeling, we have been trying all week to get a stage win and today we did it on the last stage

“The team did a really good job in the final 10 kilometres, I was in the perfect position with 150m to go and I just had to sprint flat out to get the win - it’s a really nice feeling.

“Before the stage I was worried that the climbs would mean that I was on the limited, but I was able to get over the final climb, then we regrouped at the top. 

“There I was in the first chase group behind the leaders and the team did a really good job to bring them back before the final sprint.”
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Stage six result

1. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team INEOS) 4:02:40
2. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
4. Luka Mezgec (MItchelton-Scott) s.t.
5. Ben Swift (Team INEOS) s.t.

Overall standings

1. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) 25:19:58
2. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team INEOS) +3"
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) +5"
4. Edoardo Affini (MItchelton-Scott) +6"
5. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) +7"

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