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Groenewegen won after the initial drop

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Norwegian Arctic Race, Phase 2

Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange – Jayco) | Photo: Cor Vos

08/12/2022 | (rsn) – Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange – Jayco) won Stage 2 of the Norwegian Arctic Race from Mosjoen to Bronnnoysund (153.4 km). The Dutchman relegated Amaury Capiot (Arkea – Samsic) and Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies) to second in the entire field. Fourth was Blake Quick (Trinity Racing) ahead of Matteo Malucelli (China Glory) and Florian Dauphin (B&B Hotels – KTM).

There was talk because Groenewegen caused an accident two kilometers before the end, killing two riders. BikeExchange promoters try to push themselves to the left side of the road. When the road suddenly became a shoulder, he tried to turn right. He touched the Alpecin specialist with the right side of his body. The driver fell, taking another colleague with him. Groenewegen can stay on the bike and continue driving forward without slowing down too much. When the running time opened, he came back on top and celebrated his 7th victory of the season.

Motivated by the accident, the winner of the day said: “I was almost involved in that accident, I think it happened behind me and I hope everyone is fine. I had to drive through the grass a little bit, but my teammates got me back. The position, I really thank them for that, they deserve a good glass of wine.”

That’s how the race goes

A division of four was formed at the beginning and included Stephen Bassett (Human Power Health), Aaron van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Johan Ravnoy (Coop (Nor) and Liam Johnston (Trinity Racing).

13 kilometers from Schluu, the quartet began to break up when Bassett fell behind the first with a lead of 20 seconds. The remaining three were caught a short time later and the team prepared everything for the mass chase.

There was no change in the overall rating. Frenchman Axel Zingle (Cofidis) defended the yellow ahead of compatriot Mathieu Burgaudeau (+0:04 / TotalEnergies) and Russian Gleb Syritsa (+0:05 / Astana Qazaqstan).

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