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by Matt de Neef
August 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.
The results sheet shows that Chloe Hosking was the winner of stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Norway. What it doesn’t show is the drama that happened 5km from the line when an unplanned bridge opening stopped the race momentarily (see from 1:15 in the video below).
Four riders were clear of the field, leading the race by 20-30 seconds, when they were forced to stop by an opening bridge. The peloton swiftly caught up and the race soon resumed en masse.
“There was a break just up the road and then all of sudden we rounded a corner, and I saw the motos stopping and the boom gates going down and the whole peloton stopping,” Hosking said after the stage. “Luckily the girls had moved me up to the front, so when we stopped, we were right at the front. I was a bit spooked by the situation because we were essentially doing a mass start five-kilometre sprint.”
Speaking after the race, organisers explained that the bridge was scheduled to stay closed until 6pm local time, but with a slower-than-expected stage, the race reached the bridge some 15 seconds late, at which time it was opened for waiting boats.