Patrick Bevin leapt up the overall standings to sit in 7th place overall in the Tour of Norway general classification. Stage 2 was won by Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo, who took the win ahead of Kristoffer Halvorsen and race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Stage 2 of the Tour of Norway took the field from Eidsvoll to Brumunddal, a distance of 194km, and over plenty of rolling roads; although a bunch sprint was set to be the likely outcome at the end of the day, with the roads not really challenging enough. An early breakaway of three riders shot up the road with Fernando Orjuela of Manzana Postobon, Fridtjof Røinås of Team Sparebanken Sør and Ken Eikeland of Team FixIT.no in the move.
The lead for the break went out to 6 minutes and with the conditions gradually deteriorating out on the road they simply set about making the most of their advantage; not contesting the intermediate sprint. On the KOM climb it became clear that Orjuela and Ekeland were the strongest of the three as Røinas slipped back and had to make up a deficit of around 15 seconds to get back on board with the break once he’d reached the summit. With the race passing 109km point the break still had 5.45mins in hand.
Eventually though something had to give in the leading trio and it turned out to be Orjuela, who attacked the break as the race neared the finishing circuit. He established a healthy advantage over the two chasers, and by the time he reached the finishing circuit Orjuela was 4.15mins up on the chasing peloton with 44km to go. With a determined peloton though the effort from Orjuela would eventually come to nought, and the lone escapee was caught with another lap to go.
With the peloton galloping towards the stage finish, LottoNL-Jumbo tried to assert themselves at the front of the race. It worked as Lars Boom was able to drag the peloton forward and set up the win for teammate Groenewegen. The Dutch national champion completed the job, taking the win ahead of U23 world champion Kristoffer Halvorsen of Team Joker Icopal and Edvald Boasson Hagen, who now holds an 8 second lead over Tosh van der Sande of Lotto Soudal.
Patrick Bevin crossed the line in 21st place, but it was enough for him to move up to 7th place overall. Bevin is currently 14 seconds down on Boasson Hagen.
|3||Edvald BOASSON HAGEN||NOR||DDD||+0|
|4||Tom VAN ASBROECK||BEL||CDT||+0|
|11||Tosh VAN DER SANDE||BEL||LTS||+0|
|17||JUAN SEBASTIAN MOLANO BENAVIDES||COL||MZN||+0|
|20||Aime DE GENDT||BEL||SVB||+0|
|22||Robert Thomas WAGNER||GER||TLJ||+0|
|25||Syver Westgaard WAERSTED||NOR||UXT||+0|