John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) finally got that elusive first victory of the 2016 season when he came out on top in a huge clash between the Milan-Sanremo champions on the final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway.
With a perfectly timed sprint, he managed to pass Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) on the uphill finishing straight to finish off perfect work from his teammates while Gianni Moscon (Sky) finished safely to take the overall win ahead of Stef Clement (IAM) and Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff).
Gianni Moscon finished safely and so took the overall win with a 15-second advantage over Stef Clement. Oscar Gatto was 30 seconds behind in third. Degenkolb also won the points jersey and Tom Van Asbroeck was the best climber. Moscon was of course also the best young rider and Sky just won the teams classification ahead of IAM.
“It’s a great relief to get the victory, and it took a lot of energy, almost as much as winning a Monument. I’m super happy to not be alone here as the team did an awesome job, incredibly good. They timed the lead-out perfectly and I was able to finish it off with good legs in the end. I was really close to the win twice already this week but it didn’t work out, and then today it went fine and we did a great job.”, said Degenkolb.
Tour of Norway 2016 – stage 4 results (Arctic Circle – Bodø ):
- John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) 4:17:40
2. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) ,, 3. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) ,, 4. Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo) 5 Danny van Poppel (Sky) ,, 6. Andrea Guardini (Astana) ,, 7. August Jensen (Coop-Oster Hus) ,, 8. Danilo Napolitano (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) ,, 9. Nikolai Trusov (Tinkoff) ,, 10. Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) ,,
Final general classification:
- Gianni Moscon (Sky) 17:13:57
2. Stef Clement (IAM) +15″ 3. Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff) +30″ 4. Martin Elmiger (IAM) +34″ 5. Odd Christian Eiking (FDJ) ,, 6. Sebastian Henao (Sky) +36″ 7. Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) +41″ 8. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) ,, 9. Reto Hollenstein (IAM) ,, 10. Amaël Moinard (BMC) ,,
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