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by Mark Zalewski
January 5, 2017
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The fifth edition of the Arctic Race of Norway, set for 10-13 August, was unveiled today and could become a key part of preparation for riders targeting the UCI road world championships in Bergen, Norway a month later. The race will feature four stages set among the fjords in the north of the country.
“This year’s Arctic Race of Norway is a good mix between the 2014 and 2015 editions of the race, with the same spectacular finishes in Narvik and Tromsø,” said former world champion Thor Hushovd, an ambassador of the race.
“The course, which mainly weaves its way through Troms, is perfect for puncheurs, with three stages which appear to favour them. Sprinters will also get a good chance to shine in stage 2, with a spectacular and unique finish on the runway of Bardufoss Airport.”
“Any sprinters who manage to hold on in stages 1 and 4 could also be in the fight for the blue and orange jersey. On a personal level, I’m delighted to see the race return to Tromsø, where I finished my last race in Norway in 2014. Even though I didn’t win, I’ve kept great memories of the fantastic atmosphere and the local support for my last race on home turf.”
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