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):

1Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)


2Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


3Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)


4Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


5Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)


6Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


7Enrico Gasparotto (Dimension Data)


8Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X)


9Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)


10Franck Bonnamour (Arkéa Samsic)



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

1Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)


2Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)


3Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


4Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)


5Markus Hoelgaard (Uno-X)


6Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo-Visma)


7Magnus Cort (Astana)


8Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)


9Benjamin Declercq (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)


10Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)



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