Kristen Faulkner wins Ladies Tour of Norway stage 1

The American claimed her first WorldTour victory, narrowly outsmarting the chasing peloton in Sarpsborg.

by Abby Mickey

photography by Cor Vos


Kristen Faulkner (Team Tibco-SVB) narrowly held off a reduced peloton to win the first stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway. Behind, Susanne Anderson (Team DSM) and Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) sprinted to second and third, respectively.

Faulkner escaped a breakaway of five with just over 20 km to go and continued on the final circuits in Sarpsborg alone. Behind her, Trek-Segafredo took up the chase to reel in those from the early breakaway who remained out front. Faulkner maintained half a minute on the peloton up to the final 7 km when her advantage dipped. In the front of the peloton, Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana) upped the pace and the gap to Faulkner dropped below 10 seconds.

Canyon-SRAM and Team DSM were the next teams to pick up the chase as Faulkner’s gap hovered around 15 seconds. Unfortunately, a crash disrupted the chase with just under 2 km to go, but Faulkner already had enough of an advantage to hold on for the win.


Ladies Tour of Norway (2.WWT) Halden → Sarpsborg

FAULKNER Kristen
1
FAULKNER Kristen Team TIBCO - SVB
2
ANDERSEN Susanne Team DSM
3
BARNES Alice Canyon SRAM Racing
4
LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
5
MARKUS Femke Parkhotel Valkenburg
6
BRAND Lucinda Trek-Segafredo Women
7
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Movistar Team
8
FOURNIER Roxane SD Worx
9
GUARISCHI Barbara Movistar Team
10
BERTIZZOLO Sofia Liv Racing

FAULKNER Kristen

FAULKNER Kristen

BUYSMAN Nina

SHACKLEY Anna

Team DSM

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