Ben Tulett (Ineos Grenadiers) gained the uphill prologue to Mount Fløyen and took the primary chief’s jersey of the Tour of Norway. His time of 14:28 was one second higher than Ineos teammate Magnus Sheffield, who took second.
The Ineos duo accomplished rides among the many first half of the 113-rider area, and solely Hungarian street race nationwide champion Attila Valter (Jumbo-Visma) made a big transfer on the stiff uphill climb throughout the second half of the competition. He took third place, 20 seconds again from Tulett.
It was the second profession victory for Tulett, who gained stage 3 over a yr in the past at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali as a 20-year-old. “Yeah, actually laborious” is how he described the hassle.
“We knew it was going to make for a very laborious time trial immediately, so it meant that the execution needed to be actually essential. We got here yesterday to have a look at the course, and we recognized fairly rapidly that it was going to be actually robust. I’m pleased with my efficiency, up to now,” Tulett stated. “Yeah, we rode on street bikes, nevertheless it was fairly enjoyable. It seems prefer it’s going to be a tough week of racing.”
The opening 7.4km time trial started in Bergen with a flat stretch, utilizing town streets of Bryggen to Sandvikstorget and again to Bryggen earlier than taking the city switchbacks that led to the ultimate 3.5km ascent of Mount Fløyen, with a median gradient of 8.8%.
The primary rider to start out was Simen Evertsen-Hegreberg (Staff Norway) at 17:30. His mark of 15:50 set the stage and it wasn’t lengthy till Alexander Kamp (Tudor Professional Biking) took over within the scorching seat with a time of 15:00.
Rune Herregodts (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) was the primary rider to go underneath quarter-hour, one second quicker than Kamp, and he was bumped out of the highest spot by Norwegian Ådne Holter (Uno-X Professional Biking), who posted 14:55.
Sheffield blistered the climbing part in nine-and-a-half minutes and crested the highest of the climb with a brand new greatest time of 14:29. The 21-year-old North American held the lead as 18 extra contenders accomplished their rides, together with Thibau Nys (Trek-Segafredo), who was one of many few to go underneath the 15-minute mark by two seconds, placing him within the prime 5.
Sheffield was displaced when Ineos teammate Tulett eclipsed his mark by only one second, giving the Ineos pair the highest two positions with the second half of the sector to take the course. Holter held on to his podium spot as nicely.
2019 champion Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X Professional Biking) generated applause from the Norwegian crowds, however misplaced over a minute and a half to Tulett by the point he accomplished the course. Two riders behind the Norwegian, Mathias Vacek (Trek-Segafredo) had a strong journey of 14:56, placing him within the prime 5 simply forward of teammate Nys.
Second-to-last rider on the course was Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers), the 2022 junior time trial world champion, and the younger Welshman scored a time of 15:08.
The ultimate rider on the course, Valter, was out and in of the saddle on the climb, stopping the clock for good within the prologue and was capable of safe a podium spot, knocking Holter to fourth place.
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