Weening solos to victory in Tour of Norway queen stage

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Pieter Weening took his first win for his new Roompot team by riding to a magnificent solo victory in the Tour of Norway queen stage. Having attacked two kilometres from the top of the final climb, he quickly opened a 40-second advantage on a 9-rider chase group and even pushed it out to 45 seconds on the descent and flat run-in to the finish. Sondre Holst Enger and Odd Christian Eiking (Norway) were first in the sprint for second while Weening moved into the race lead.

With the win, Weening of course moves into the race lead with a solid 50-second advantage over Enger, with Eiking and Boasson Hagen making it three Norwegians in the top 4. He faces another very tough challenge tomorrow when the riders will return to the punchy climb to the finish in Geilo. The category 1 Imingfjell (24km, 4.3%) features on in the first half and then there’s a category 2 climb (4.7km, 8.5%) just after the midpoint. From there it is a flat run to Geilo where the stage finishes at the top of a 2.3km category 2 climb that averages 7.9%.

Tour of Norway 2016 – stage 2 results (Kragerø – Rjukan):

1 Pieter Weening (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) 5:17:00
2 Sondre Holst Enger (Norway)

+46”

3 Odd Christian Eiking (Norway)

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4 Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural – Seguros RCA)

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5 Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal)

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6 Marco Minnaard (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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7 Jose Mendes (Bora – Argon 18)

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8 Andreas Vangstad (Sparebanken Sør)

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9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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10 Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)

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General classification after stage 2:

1 Pieter Weening (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) 9:36:21
2 Sondre Holst Enger (Norway)

+50”

3 Odd Christian Eiking (Norway)

+52”

4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

+53”

5 Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)

+56”

6 Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural – Seguros RCA)

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7 Jose Mendes (Bora – Argon 18)

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8 Andreas Vangstad (Sparebanken Sør)

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9 Marco Minnaard (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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10 Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal)

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