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ST1: Artic Race of Norway: Fauske – Rognan (180.5 km)

Starting in Fauske, stage 1 will visit Bodø for an intermediate sprint after 61km of racing before coming back on Sunday for the grand finale in the capital of Nordland county that celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. Sprinters are on the hunt of this four days race, but the race ambassador Thor Hushovd wondered which ones of them will take the responsibility for controlling the race since they are so many of them.

Astana Pro Team line up some of his faster riders among which the Kazakh Ruslan Tleubayev and the Italian Andrea Guardini, who are supported by a team of strong men for the fast finals and against the wind that surely will characterize the race.

Maxat Ayazbayev, Lars Boom, Laurens De Vreese and Arman Kamyshev will help Tleubayev and Guardini to the sprints of this edition of the Norvegian four days race organized by A.S.O.

The sport director in Norway is the Director of the Astana Pro Team, Dmitriy Fofonov who explained us what is the goal for the Team in the next stages: “Today the Team worked for the sprint of Tleubayev who finished seventh, that is not bad considering the high level of the sprinters in this race” explained Fofonov.

“We are here to obtain the best result possible day by day – continued Fofonov – and we will study a strategy looking and the conditions of the riders but also evaluating the situations that will figure out along the stages and I’m pretty confident we can do good in the next days.”

Today’s stage has been won by the Norwegian, Alexandr Kristoff who has won the bunch sprint conquering also the Leader’s Jersey.

The only negative note is that after the finish line Tleubayev was unfortunately hit by another rider who caused a fall. At the moment the Kazakh rider of the Astana Pro Team is doing investigations to rule out that there were any fractures. We will update on this later in case of news.

Tomorrow, second stage of the Artic Race of Norway, from Mo I Rana to Sandnessjøen (198.5 km) with a climb in the first part and some hills in the final that could cause some selection but the sprinters should still be the favourites.

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