“Tour des Fjords”: Chernetckii takes the victory in the first stage
Great win for Sergey Chernetckii in the first stage of “Tour des Fjords”, an UCI Europe Tour Norwegian competition, 2.1 category, at its first edition: the young Russian rider defeated the other riders in the breakaway and was able to wear the first leader’s jersey of this race. The stage, a 205 km long one from Valle-Setesdal to Stavanger, lived his crucial moment with 25 km to go, a few kilometers after the daily breakaway was neutralized. Four riders counter-attacked:
Teunissen (Rabobank), Waetyens (Topsport Vlaanderen), Nordhaug (Belkin) and Chernetckii himself. The group tried to chase the four but with no luck. In the last part, many attacks happened in the group ahead: in a first moment Nordhaug tried with 5 km to go, but Chernetckii was able to close his attempt. Then, the Russian rider made an incredible acceleration with 1,5 km to go: the others tried to answer, but Katusha Team’s rider was able to resist and take a great win. Second place for Teunissen, while Waetyens was third.
“I am really happy with today’s victory – said Chernetckii – it’s been a long time since I’ve waited for it. Today the team’s strategy appointed Alexander Kristoff as the leader, because the stage was expected to be decided by a sprint: but in the end there were many attacks and I decided to enter the breakaway. First I thought I was going to take it under control, but finally I tried for myself. I’m very satisfied with my performance also because it was a hard stage because of the cold and rainy weather: now I’ll do my best in order to keep the jersey”.