80 days left – see the first teams confirmed for the 2021 edition!
Teams for 2021
We are only 80 days out from Tour of Norway 2021, and we are very excited to see 18 teams on the startline on May 21st. The peloton will be just as strong as in 2019, and we can’t wait to present this years teams over the next couple of days.
First team out is UAE Team Emirates with the GC-winner of Tour of Norway 2019 Alexander Kristoff. He will be racing on home ground and looks forward to show off on the roads he spends a lot of time on. “It will be difficult to defend my GC title from the previous edition, since most of the stages has an uphill finish, but the routes look cool and I can’t wait to show off on home ground”, says Kristoff. He will be accommpanied by his compatriots, Vegard Stake Laengen and Sven Erik Bystrøm. Bystrøm is also on home ground and has a short way home after the finish on the last stage at Mariero in Stavanger. “I like the way the routes look with a bit of mountains and hills every day. Hopefully this will separate the boys from men, and give us all a good fight for the GC», says Bystrøm.
«The Wolfpack», Deceuninck-Quick-Step is one of the strongest teams in the world. With their 39 victories in 2020, several National Champions, they’re a real contender for the GC in this years Tour of Norway. Just think about Fabio Jakobsen who won a stage in 2018, and Alvero Hodeg in 2019. Who will put their “Wolfpack”-mark on this years Tour of Norway?
The American-based team, Trek-Segafredo has riders from over 10 different nations, among them the former World Champion and yesterdays winner of Kuurne-Brussel- Kuurne, Mads Pedersen. They also won «Tour des Alpes Maritime et du Var» in France with Gianluca Brambilla just a couple of weeks ago. We can’t wait to see how they will attack the Norwegian hills in Ryfylket and Suleskar.
The Norwegian-Danish pro-continental team, Uno-X Pro Cycling Team has the winner of the last stage from 2019, Kristoffer Halvorsen, among several local riders such as Martin Urianstad, Erlend Blikra and the Hoelgaard-brothers. One of the riders that is a contender for the GC, is Markus Hoelgaard. «I have watched the releases of the stages, and I think they look good. Especially since it’s on home ground, and the routes fit me well. I think it’s cool that the race will be on new roads, and it will definitely be a different race from what we’ve seen in earlier editions», says Hoelgaard.