Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert competed in the first stage of the Arctic Race of Norway today in the rain and the cold. Madis Mihkels made his first appearance in the colors of the team as a trainee.
The riders started in Mo I Rana towards the Korgfjellet climb, which was covered twice from two different sides, before turning back along the Ranfjord.
All day, Taco van der Hoorn controlled the gap to the breakaway of five riders, receiving support from two other riders after the second passage on Kjorgfellet.
A peloton of around 40 riders started the final 20 kilometer. Under the red flag, Mihkels and De Pooter guided Quinten Hermans to a good position to start the final slightly uphill sprint. Hermans finished in tenth place.
Photo credits: A.R.N.