Ben Tulett (Ineos Grenadiers) received the uphill prologue to Mount Fløyen and took the primary chief’s jersey of the Tour of Norway. His time of 14:28 was one second higher than Ineos teammate Magnus Sheffield, who took second.
The Ineos duo accomplished rides among the many first half of the 113-rider subject, and solely Hungarian highway race nationwide champion Attila Valter (Jumbo-Visma) made a major transfer on the stiff uphill climb throughout the second half of the competition. He took third place, 20 seconds again from Tulett.
It was the second profession victory for Tulett, who received stage 3 over a yr in the past at Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali as a 20-year-old. “Yeah, actually arduous” is how he described the hassle.
“We knew it was going to make for a very arduous time trial at this time, so it meant that the execution needed to be actually essential. We got here yesterday to take a look at the course, and we recognized fairly shortly that it was going to be actually robust. I’m pleased with my efficiency, to this point,” Tulett mentioned. “Yeah, we rode on highway bikes, nevertheless it was fairly enjoyable. It appears to be like prefer it’s going to be a tough week of racing.”
The opening 7.4km time trial started in Bergen with a flat stretch, utilizing the town streets of Bryggen to Sandvikstorget and again to Bryggen earlier than taking the city switchbacks that led to the ultimate 3.5km ascent of Mount Fløyen, with a median gradient of 8.8%.
The primary rider to start out was Simen Evertsen-Hegreberg (Workforce Norway) at 17:30. His mark of 15:50 set the stage and it wasn’t lengthy till Alexander Kamp (Tudor Professional Biking) took over within the scorching seat with a time of 15:00.
Rune Herregodts (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) was the primary rider to go beneath quarter-hour, one second sooner than Kamp, and he was bumped out of the highest spot by Norwegian Ådne Holter (Uno-X Professional Biking), who posted 14:55.
Sheffield blistered the climbing part in nine-and-a-half minutes and crested the highest of the climb with a brand new finest time of 14:29. The 21-year-old North American held the lead as 18 extra contenders accomplished their rides, together with Thibau Nys (Trek-Segafredo), who was one of many few to go beneath the 15-minute mark by two seconds, placing him within the high 5.
Sheffield was displaced when Ineos teammate Tulett eclipsed his mark by only one second, giving the Ineos pair the highest two positions with the second half of the sphere to take the course. Holter held on to his podium spot as effectively.
2019 champion Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X Professional Biking) generated applause from the Norwegian crowds, however misplaced over a minute and a half to Tulett by the point he accomplished the course. Two riders behind the Norwegian, Mathias Vacek (Trek-Segafredo) had a stable experience of 14:56, placing him within the high 5 simply forward of teammate Nys.
Second-to-last rider on the course was Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers), the 2022 junior time trial world champion, and the younger Welshman scored a time of 15:08.
The ultimate rider on the course, Valter, was out and in of the saddle on the climb, stopping the clock for good within the prologue and was in a position to safe a podium spot, knocking Holter to fourth place.
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