Steele Von Hoff wins Tour of Norway opener

Steele Von Hoff took one of the biggest victories for the British team ONE in the bunch sprint on the first stage of the Tour of Norway. With a bit of luck to find a gap on the left-hand side of the road, the Australian showed an impressive turn of speed to easily beat Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18) and Yannick Martinez (Delko) to take both the stage victory and the leader’s jersey.

With the win, von Hoff takes the overall lead with a four-second advantage over Bauhaus. He faces a very tough first day in the leader’s jersey as stage 2 is the queen stage.  It’s a mostly flat stage with just a single category 2 climb (3.1km, 6.8%) after the midpoint but the stage has a nasty sting in its tail. Flisetjønsskaret is an 11.3km category 1 climb that averages 7% and summits just 19.2km from the finish. From there it is a downhill run to the final 3km which are slightly uphill.

Tour of Norway 2016 – stage 1 results (Drammen – Langesund):

1 Steele Von Hoff (ONE)

4:19:31

2 Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18)

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3 Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

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4 Robin Stenuit (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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5 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)

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6 Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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7 Tom Van Asbroeck (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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8 Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini)

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9 Jason Lowndes (Drapac)

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10 Daniel Hoelgaard (FDJ)

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