“Preparing for the final sprint I took the wheel I thought it could be the right one, the Kristoff one… - explained Guardini after the finish – unfortunately he lost a couple of very important men in the final kms and at the sprint we remained looked out without the chance to do our sprint at full power.”
A restored Andrea Guardini spoke after the end of the second stage of this Artic Race of Norway: “Here in Norway the race routes are never entirely flat, as the ones that I really like… Yesterday we decided to do the sprint with my team mate Tleubayev who did pretty good finishing seventh. Today was my turn and I thought that yesterday’s winner Kristoff could have been the best one to follow: it didn’t go as I thought but I’m positive because I was there to fight for the win. Tomorrow there will be a uphill final and Sunday, for the last stage, I know it should be a really sprinter’s stage with no hills but only flat roads and high speed…” concluded the Italian sprinter of the Astana Pro Team.
Today stage has been won by the Dutch, Danny Van Poppel, with Guardini seventh.
Tomorrow, third stage of the Artic Race of Norway, Nesna – Korgfjellet (160 km) with many hills and the uphill final at the 575 mt on the sea level of the Korgfjellet Summit.