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The BMC Racing Team is enjoying immense popularity at the race, thanks to Norwegian road champion Thor Hushovd (left). (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)
The BMC Racing Team is enjoying immense popularity at the race, thanks to Norwegian road champion Thor Hushovd (left). (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)

Arctic Race of Norway, Stage 1: Hushovd Fourth

8. August 2013

Norwegian road champion Thor Hushovd of the BMC Racing Team finished fourth in the bunch sprint that concluded the opening stage of the inaugural Arctic Race of Norway Thursday.

Hard Work On The Front
Hushovd had to weave his way around the fast-fading lead-out train of Argos-Shimano while Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) had a more direct line on the inside and took the win ahead of teammate Barry Markus and Rüdiger Selig (Katusha Team). "My team had to do a lot of work," Hushovd said. "In the end, we brought it all back together. I'm not really happy with my sprint but we are still there for the GC (general classification)." Earlier in the rainy, 192.5-kilometer stage, the BMC Racing Team worked to bring back an eight-man breakaway which saw the last two riders – Belkin Pro Cycling's Lars Petter Nordhaug and Sep Vanmarcke – only caught in the final kilometers. "The responsibly of the race was on us," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "I think for the team and for Thor, this is not a bad result. It's more the responsibility now for Vacansoleil, which is better for us." Friday's second stage of the four-day race is 156.5 km and starts and finishes in the seaport of Svolvær. Silvan Dillier said he enjoyed his first race as a stagiaire with the BMC Racing Team. "It was hard, but it was really nice to ride with all these guys," Dillier said. "It was a hard race to control, but in the end, I was happy with my performance."

Listen to complete comments from Hushovd (English and Norwegian), Ledanois and Dillier on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

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