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Arctic Race of Norway 2015 to Challenge Top Cyclists

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It was on board the ship M/S Trollfjord, docked in the port of Oslo as part of the North in South conference, that details of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015 were unveiled in the presence of Thor Hushovd, winner of the events first edition and its ambassador.

After having wound through the Norwegian fjords around the idyllic islands of Lofoten and Vesterlen in 2013 and having led the pack to the North Cape in 2014, the Arctic Race of Norway will continue its exploration beyond the Arctic Circle to discover the hidden treasures of the north, from 13 to 16 August 2015.

Sprinters, punchers and even climbers will inevitably find what they are yearning for on a varied route, under the watchful eyes of the cycling crazy Norwegian crowds (160,000 spectators and 32% of the average daily audience share on TV2 Norway in 2014).

Harstad to Narvik

The riders on the Arctic Race of Norway 2015 will set off from the county of Troms on Thursday 13 August on a 210-km long stage around Harstad, the same place where Thor Hushovd won the stage and became the first rider to write his name on the events roll of honour, at the end of a tough sprint (the last 800 metres were at a gradient of 6 %), in front of more than 40,000 delighted spectators.

The day after, the riders will head inland and will cross trough a military base 3 km from the finish in Setermoen, which could be won by talented sprinters such as Marcel Kittel or Alexander Kristoff, both present last year on the Arctic Race.

The 3rd stage will undoubtedly be the high point of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015. It will start with a 100-km loop on the island of Senja, a veritable gem of northern Norway, where the riders will be able to appreciate the beauty of a landscape that mixes mountains and oceans, long beaches of fine sand and fishing villages. However, they will not be there for a tourist excursion, since the finish of the stage is particularly demanding, with a summit finish at the mountain resort of Mlselv (3.5 km at a gradient of 6 %).

The Arctic Race pack will return to the Nordland region on 16 August, with a last stage full of hazards around Narvik, a port made famous for being the theatre to a major Second World War battle in 1940. The wearer of the blue and orange leaders jersey at the start of the stage will have his work cut out to contain the attacks of his rivals. Indeed, they could take advantage of a particularly lethal last 11 km (containing a 2.5-km slope at a gradient of 6% to be climbed four times) to pick up precious seconds and to hope to succeed Thor Hushovd (in 2013) and Steven Kruijswijk (in 2014).

Stages of the Arctic Race of Norway 2015

Thursday, 13th August, stage 1: Harstad Harstad, 210 km

Friday, 14th August, stage 2: Evenskjer Setermoen, 155 km

Saturday, 15th August, stage 3 : Senja (Finnsnes) Mlselv (Alpine Village), 175 km

Sunday, 16th August, stage 4: Narvik Narvik, 160 km.

Norway, Arctic, Bikes, Cycling

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