Annemiek van Vleuten dominant in Ladies Tour of Norway Queen stage

The European champion won the stage and took the overall lead ahead of stage 4.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Cor Vos


Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) was dominant in stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Norway, winning the Queen stage half a minute ahead of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) and 41 seconds ahead of Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana). With her stage victory, Van Vleuten also took over the lead of the race with one stage remaining.

With a formidable climb to finish the day, a few riders attempted to gain an advantage on the general classification favourites before the climbing started, but all breakaway attempts were not meant to be. The race hit the base of the final climb as one and right away splits began to form. Early into the 11 km long climb the overnight race leader Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) was isolated, with Team DSM and Canyon-SRAM putting pressure on the peloton.

Midway through the climb, SD Worx started throwing attacks at the reduced peloton. Niamh Fisher-Black was the first to take a turn off the front, followed by Moolman-Pasio, but Van Vleuten was not about to let the South African go.

Moolman-Pasio attacked again with just over 3 km to go. The move was matched by Van Vleuten and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope). Into the final 2.5 km, Van Vleuten dropped Moolman-Pasio and Uttrup Ludwig to take on the rest of the race alone.


Ladies Tour of Norway (2.WWT) Drammen → Norefjell

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
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VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team
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GARCÍA Mavi Alé BTC Ljubljana
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REUSSER Marlen Alé BTC Ljubljana
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LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
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FAULKNER Kristen Team TIBCO - SVB
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NEYLAN Rachel Parkhotel Valkenburg
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BRAND Lucinda Trek-Segafredo Women
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LABOUS Juliette Team DSM

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

FAULKNER Kristen

BUYSMAN Nina

FISHER-BLACK Niamh

Alé BTC Ljubljana

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