Tour of Norway

The Tour of Norway kicks off on May 21st a race that is clearly over shadowed by the much bigger and ever popular Giro D’Italia.

However with teams like Belkin, Tinkoff Saxo and Katusha all fielding a squad watching the action as it roles by the many mountains and fjords of Norway might be something worth hunting down.


Last year’s podium.

Having only started  in 2011 the race runs for 5 days in May, this year 21st – 25th and takes in nearly 900km of riding.  The tour is ranked 2.1 on the UCI Europe Tour and is intended to capitalise on Norway’s increase in cycling  brought on in part by the success of such riders as Thor Hushovd.

The inaugural event was won by dutch rider Wilko Kelderman with the previous two years tours being won by native cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky.  Depending on the riders race schedule it can be a good training exercise for bigger tours or a chance for the new comers to have their day in the sun.


Team Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen.


IAM Cycling warming up.

So who’s in the frame this year?

Not an easy one to call although IAM Cycling have made it clear that they are not there to watch other teams. Their riders came top in the team classification last year with Johann Tschopp ninth in GC and with Team Sky and many other big name opting for other races this time out they could shake up the race.

You cant however ignore that fact that Belkin, Tinkoff Saxo, Katusha, United Healthcare and the ever immerging Team Quebeka are all fielding teams. Of course its fair to say some may be out for a glorified training session but many will be out to make a name for themselves and in some cases get bumped to the bigger races.

Our rough tips for this race would be to keep an eye on the likes of Alexander KRISTOFF (KAT), Daniele Bennati (SAX) and Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM) all could figure high in the GC come the end of the last stage.

You can follow the action on Eurosport.

Stage 1

Larvik – Larvik

21st of May 2014
Neutral zone: 4,5 km
Total distance stage: 147,5 km

Stage 2

Drøbak – Sarpsborg

22nd of May 2014
Neutral zone: 4,8 km
Total distance stage: 193,5 km

Stage 3

Årnes – Budor

23rd of May 2014
Neutral zone: 2,8 km
Total distance stage: 177,8 km

Stage 4

Brumunddal – Lillehammer

24th of May 2014
Neutral zone: 2,9 km
Total distance stage: 195,3 km

Stage 5

Gjøvik – Hønefoss, Eggemoen

25th of May 2014
Neutral zone: 2,9 km
Total distance stage: 166 km

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