Norwegian biker Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the opening stage of Tour des Fjords in Western Norway on Wednesday. His lead-out man Marco Haller took second place.
“Tour des Fjords is my home race even though I’m not yet in the county where I live," Kristoff told Cyclingnews. “It’s always nice to win but even nicer to win close to home. It’s hard to rate this 14th victory in my season so far. The Tour of Flanders is above them all of course but I also rate the Paris-Nice stage higher than today. I’m particularly happy with how the team protected me today.”