Mathieu van der Poel produces incredible sprint in flying start to Arctic Race of Norway

Mathieu van der Poel continued his winning streak in road racing four months after he last competed and bagged the Amstel Gold Race.

The Dutchman powered to victory from a 33-man leading group that contested stage 1 of the Arctic Race of Norway. His switch from mountain-biking has been impressive again.

Van der Poel topped Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert) after 181 kilometers of racing from Å to Leknes.

“It was a very hard race, and the pace never really dropped”, said Van der Poel. “When I looked at my screen after three hours, the average pace was still 50km so it was full gas all day. I kind of like it like that.

“I was just waiting and trying to time my sprint perfectly, and I think I did that. It’s going to be very hard to defend the jersey but we’ll see.”

Arctic Race of Norway 2019 – stage 1 results (Å – Leknes):

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)


2 Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


3 Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)


4 Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


5 Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)


6 Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


7 Enrico Gasparotto (Dimension Data)


8 Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X)


9 Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)


10 Franck Bonnamour (Arkéa Samsic)



Arctic Race of Norway 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)


2 Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)


3 Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


4 Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)


5 Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X)


6 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)


7 Magnus Cort (Astana)


8 Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)


9 Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


10 Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)



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