More World Tour-teams and Norwegians on the start line!
We are continuing our team presentation for Tour of Norway 2021, which will be taking place over four days on May 21st – 24th. On Monday we announced that UAE Team Emirates with Alexander Kristoff, Sven Erik Bystrøm and Vegard Stake Laengen will be joining the race, in addition to Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Trek-Segafredo and the Norwegian pro-continental Uno-X Pro Team. Today, we can announce that there are more World Tour-teams looking for revenge after the previous edition in 2019.
Ineos Grenadiers is a team many people know from the Grand Tours like Giro d´Ítalia and Tour de France. We often see them in front of the peloton, controlling the race, which they also did in Tour of Norway 2019, when they took a stage win and 2nd overall on the GC together with Kristoffer Halvorsen (now Uno-X Pro Team). Sportsdirector Gabriel Rasch is looking forward to showing off what his beautiful homecountry has to offer, to his team. «We will be there with a strong team that can fight for stages and the GC-win. Tour of Norway is an important race for us considering the development of our young riders and their opportunities to fight for their results. In addition to that, we have more than 300 Ineos employees in Norway that cheers for us, so we are excited to be a part of the race», says Rasch.
The Belgian team Lotto Soudal is ready for another visit in Norway. The team have had a really good start to the season with a GC win in “Etoile de Besseges” with Tim Wellens, and a stage win at the “UAE Tour” with their sprinter, Caleb Ewan. It remains to be seen which riders the team will bring, to put their mark on this year’s Tour of Norway.
Another Belgian team that we have seen in earlier editions of both Tour des Fjords and Tour of Norway, is Intermarche Wanty Gobert with Odd Christian Eiking. The team won a stage in Tour des Fjords back in 2014, and have riders such as Taco van der Hoorn and the Van Poppel-brothers who have great experience on the Norwegian roads.
You can’t get more on home ground than the Norwegian continental team, Team Coop. They are based in Stavanger/Sandnes and have several local riders who knows the roads very well. Sportsdirector Magnus Børresen is looking forward to one of their most important races this season. “This years routes looks spectacular and we hope that we have an advantage spending so much time training on these roads. We are no favorites in this peloton, but we will be prepared and fight for the results”, says Børresen.
Did you miss out on the first team presentation?