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The third edition of the Arctic Race of Norway will feature a tough summit finish on stage 3

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09.01.2015 @ 07:00 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

It was on board the ship M/S Trollfjord docked in the port of Oslo, as part of the “North in South” conference, that the details of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015 were unveiled, in the presence of Thor Hushovd, winner of the event’s first edition and its ambassador. After having wound through the Norwegian fjords around the idyllic islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen in 2013 and having led the pack to the North Cape in 2014, the Arctic Race of Norway continues its exploration beyond the Arctic Circle to discover the hidden treasures of the north, from 13th to 16th August. Sprinters, punchers and even climbers will inevitably find what they are yearning for on a varied route, under the watchful eyes of the cycling crazy Norwegian crowds (160,000 spectators and 32% of the average daily audience share on TV2 Norway in 2014).
The riders on the Arctic Race of Norway 2015 will set off from the county of Troms on Thursday 13th August on a 210-km long stage around Harstad, the same place where Thor Hushovd won the stage and became the first rider to write his name on the event’s roll of honour, at the end of a tough sprint (the last 800 metres were at a gradient of 6 %), in front of more than 40,000 delighted spectators. The day after, the riders will head inland and will cross trough a military base 3 km from the finish in Setermoen, which could be won by talented sprinters such as Marcel Kittel or Alexander Kristoff, both present last year on the Arctic Race.
The 3rd stage will undoubtedly be the high point of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015. It will start with a 100-km loop on the island of Senja, a veritable gem of northern Norway, where the riders will be able to appreciate the beauty of a landscape that mixes mountains and oceans, long beaches of fine sand and fishing villages. However, they will not be there for a tourist excursion, since the finish of the stage is particularly demanding, with a summit finish at the mountain resort of Målselv (3.5 km at a gradient of 6 %).
The Arctic Race pack will return to the Nordland region on 16th August, with a last stage full of hazards around Narvik, a port made famous for being the theatre to a major Second World War battle in 1940. The wearer of the blue and orange leader’s jersey at the start of the stage will have his work cut out to contain the attacks of his rivals. Indeed, they could take advantage of a particularly lethal last 11 km (containing a 2.5-km slope at a gradient of 6% to be climbed four times) to pick up precious seconds and to hope to succeed Thor Hushovd (in 2013) and Steven Kruijswijk (in 2014). Beforehand, the young emerging men and women riders will have done battle in the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race, with at the back of their minds the notion of imitating their elders in the years to come…


The stages of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015 :
Thursday 13th August, stage 1: Harstad – Harstad, 210 km
Friday 14th August, stage 2: Evenskjer – Setermoen, 155 km
Saturday 15th August, stage 3 : Senja (Finnsnes) – Målselv (Alpine Village), 175 km
Sunday 16th August, stage 4: Narvik – Narvik, 160 km      



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