Alexander Kamp wins the queen stage of Tour of Norway
Fifth stage of Tour of Norway was without comparison the hardest of the race, and by a perfect finish Team VIRTU Cycling’s Alexander Kamp manage to take a well-deserved victory.
Alexander Kamp used the climb in Lillehammer to pull away from the peloton together with the Eduard Prades from Euskadi-Murias and Carl Fredrik Hagen from Joker Icopal.
The trio managed to stay in front until the finish line. And in the sprint Kamp was the strongest, while Prades came in second, and Hagen third nine seconds behind Kamp.
The peloton crossed the line 26 seconds after Kamp.
Before the stage Kamp was an overall number 32, while Prades was 10th. Being second Prades did enough to take the overall victory of the Norwegian stage race. Kamp ended up second in the general classification, just three seconds behind Prades.
Sportsdirector on Team VIRTU, Michael Skelde, was of course very happy after the stage.
“It is an amazing day. We have been doing very well all week in Norway, and today we finish it off in style. Yesterday I told the guys that they have done it brilliantly, and I hope that they would pull through today as well and stick to the plan. And they all did it perfectly,” told Skelde.
“If Kamp had not lost the seven seconds due to the late crash on the fourth stage, he would have won. But we have discussed that with the race authorities, and they did not think there should be any three kilometres neutralisation. And today we should focus on the positive side of thing. We have done an amazing stage, and this is an amazing result for Alexander,” says Skelde.
“I saw a team that supported Kamp all the way. Everyone had an important task, and they all did great. And when Kamp was on his own in the end, he showed that he is among the best up here,” says Skelde.
“Kamp could not have done this without the help from the team, and it is amazing have such skilled riders and people around. But in the end Alexander showed how great a rider he is. He has been working so hard for this race since the Tour of Normandie. And I admire him for being able to prepare him self 110 procent, and being able to get the results at the same time. It is very impressive, and I can not say I am surprised. I kind of expected him to be among the best due to his great preparations. This is a huge victory for him,” says Skelde.