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"We did what we could to support Gustav in the finale and with a stage finish like this, I'm happy that he's still in the top-5. We'll try to defend this position tomorrow."

Photo: CULT Energy Pro Cycling






23.05.2015 @ 21:19 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The 167 kilometer long fourth stage of Tour of Norway from Rjukan to the uphill finish in Geilo was dominated by a breakaway that split up along the way but the pack was complete hitting the foot of the uphill finish where CULT Energy Pro Cycling's Gustav Larsson managed to limit the losses and hold 5th overall.


Pim Ligthart (Lotto) and Bob Jungels (TREK Racing Team) formed the breakaway duo but along the way, Jungels managed to drop his companion while Tinkoff-Saxo were on the chase behind. MTN-Qhubeka lent the Russian team a hand as the gap was difficult for them to bring down.


With 19 kilometers to go, the gap was still hovering around three minutes in spite of a huge effort from the two teams. Meanwhile, the CULT Energy Pro Cycling overall third-plavced Gustav Larsson was sitting comfortably behind the chasers, well-supported by his teammates.


Entering the final 13 kilometers, Jungels was short of fuel and was brought back less than one kilometer later. Instantly, new attacks were launched from the bunch but as the sprint teams approached the front, no one was allowed to go and the pack was complete before the short and steep uphill finish.


On the steep ramp, race leader Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff-Saxo) decided to attack in order to defend his jersey and only a few riders were able to follow the strong Dane. Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural) was the strongest on the line and took the stage win. Behind, CULT Energy’s Gustav Larsson was followed to the finish line by teammates Rasmus Guldhammer and Fabian Wegmann and thereby managed to limit the losses but eventually dropped from 3rd to 5th overall.


DS Michael Skelde states:


"We did what we could to support Gustav in the finale and with a stage finish like this, I'm happy that he's still in the top-5. We'll try to defend this position tomorrow where another uphill finish is in store for us but we have both Rasmus and Fabian to play as well. This race is rather unpredictable and everything can still happen tomorrow even though Jesper Hansen is looking strong."



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