Thibau Nys has won the second stage at the Tour of Norway in Stavanger. Edward Planckaert of Alpecin-Deceuninck was second, while Ben Tulett, who remains the GC leader, sprinted to third.
Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X) tried an early attack on the final kilometers, but Trek-Segafredo maintained a high enough tempo to prevent Tiller from gaining a big enough gap to stay away.
In the sprint, there was no doubt about who was the strongest, and the Belgian prodigy Thibau Nys (Trek-Segafredo) secured his first professional victory.
“I’m so happy to finally get the win; I was so close a lot of times this year. The team did an amazing job to get me in the front and get me in position, keeping everyone together. Jasper (Stuyven) did a hell of a lead-out to put me in the front, and I knew that my finish was in the last corner. I felt when I accelerated that no one was able to come close,” Nys said.
“I knew that when I came around the corner, I had to give it everything immediately and try to open up a gap because I’m quite explosive on a finish like this. Then I could explode a bit on the last 50m because the gap was big enough.
“I think it’s going to be difficult (to win the GC) tomorrow, but we’ll try. The last couple of days have been perfect already, so we’ll just try to make a nice end of it and try to go for the stage as well. I hope I can stay like this because I’m feeling great, I’m feeling super happy in the team, I’m living a good life at the moment.”
Thibau Nys launched a huge sprint to win Stage 2 at the @tourofnorway 💥
That’s a first pro win for the Trek-Segafredo rider 🏆
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) May 28, 2023