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Nordhaug Wants to Make a Good Showing in Home Race

The Blanco Pro Cycling Team will start the Glava Tour of Norway on Wednesday, 15 May, with a very motivated Lars Petter Nordhaug. “It’s going to be a very special race for me. Not only are we riding through my country, but right through my own region”, according to Nordhaug.

“The start of the third stage in in my birthplace of Tønsberg a couple hundred metres from my parent’s house. On top of that, that day is very special as we celebrate our national holiday on the 17th of May. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to win that stage as it is a race for sprinters but perhaps I can help Theo Bos achieve victory”.
Last year, Nordhaug finished third in the general classification. The 28 year old hopes to stand on the podium again this year. “I hope I can book a good final classification again this year”.

Frans Maassen
In Norway, Sport Director Frans Maassen has a team at his disposal that can perform on various terrains. Condidering the diversity in the Scandanavian parcours, that should be very handy. In Theo Bos, he has a world class sprinter whilst Nordhaug, Lars Boom, Sep Vanmarcke, Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam will do the heavy lifting. Maassen will take a day to day approach as to what the team can accomplish.

“We are going to look at each stage individually to see where our opportunities lie. With our multi-faceted team, I expect to play a part each and every day. In any case, that’s what we are aiming for”. Maassen has a motivated group of riders in his line-up. “The guys are chomping at the bit to race again, most of them have been relatively inactive. Moreover, Lars and Theo are just getting back respectively from a sinus operation and a fall in the Tour of Turkey. This race, in a beautiful country is an ideal opportunity not just for them but for the whole group to see exactly where we stand”.

The Glava Tour of Norway runs from Wednesday 15 May until Sunday 19 May.

Team line-up: Lars Petter Nordhaug, Theo Bos, Graeme Brown, Lars Boom, Jos van Emden, Bauke Mollema, Sep Vanmarcke and Laurens ten Dam – Sport Director: Frans Maassen

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