Belkin: Two second places in Tour des Fjords
The Belkin Pro Cycling Team was unlucky on the second day of the Tour des Fjords in Forsand. The team ended up with two seconds places, in both the morning stage and the team time trial they just missed out on the win.
Robert Wagner came up too short in the 100-kilometre stage from Hjelmeland to Forsand. Alexander Kristoff of Katusha won in a bunch sprint and Jetse Bol placed third.
In the 24-kilometer team time trial between Stavanger and Risavika, Belkin clocked a fast time and seemed on its way to victory, but Katusha — the last team to start — was just three seconds faster.
“This is very disappointing,” said Sports Director Jan Boven, who had hoped to win the race against the clock. “A team time trial is very honest, you ride the same parcours under the same conditions as your competitors. If you end up losing by three seconds that’s a bummer, but that means you’re just not good enough. It’s not a good feeling, especially when you already finished second earlier during the day.”
With one stage to go, Lars Petter Nordhaug still holds a solid position in the GC. Boven continued, “The guys from Katusha are very strong, but today we almost beat them and we’ll try again tomorrow.”