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Emilia Fahlin finishes Tour of Norway second overall after third on final stage

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Emilia Fahlin finished the Ladies Tour of Norway in second place overall, after taking third place at the end of the third and final stage between Svinesund and Halden. The Swedish champion stayed close to the front for the entire 154km stage, but was unable to beat former World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling) to her third stage victory, or US Champion Cory Rivera (Team Sunweb) on the narrow and technical finishing straight.

“It’s really cool,” Fahlin said. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, but it’s pretty incredible when I see that the riders that are here. It’s a WorldTour race, and second in the GC is pretty cool. I don’t think I expected this of myself, coming here. I was hoping to have a good weekend [in Vårgårda, Sweden] and maybe having a crack on one of the stages here, but I could never picture being up for the GC, and to be on the podium in every stage.

“That’s pretty unreal actually!”

The 154km stage was as aggressive as the previous two, with several breakaways escaping the peloton as it crossed the border into neighbouring Sweden, and then back into Norway. On the three laps of the 5.2km Halden finishing circuit the attacks continued, from many of the general classification riders, but Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Elisa Longo Borghini was alive to every single one.

“Elisa was really, really good to have with me in the final laps,” Fahlin said. “She was following all the moves, and making sure nothing was going, and I could just try and follow the wheels I needed and stay in contention really.

“It was so lucky to have her with me in the final, and at the end she said ‘I had so much fun!’” Fahlin laughed. “I’m not sure I enjoyed it in the moment as much as she did! I think I felt a bit more tense, but it was awesome to have the support of the girls. Yesterday Kirsten did an amazing job, and today Elisa really was there for me.

“It’s really cool to have these great riders, that you also look up to, and this time they have the confidence in you. It’s pretty cool.”

Fahlin’s performance in the Ladies Tour of Norway saw her finish on the podium every day as she took the opportunity to race for herself, with her teammates playing the supporting role that she is more used to. Having ridden strongly in the Postnord Vårgårda Road Race on Monday, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling was confident that the Swedish Champion would be able to respond to the extra pressure.

“For me it’s been a new situation,” she said. “I’m not used to being in that position, and it’s different having the pressure. It’s different having the people counting on you, and coming to ask how you are, and looking after you. To be there for the final it’s definitely a new situation, and it’s definitely been enjoyable, and a bit scary too!

“I’ve had a great time here, but it was nervous today for sure!”

Result Stage 3
1. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling)
2. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb)
3. Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)

Final General Classification
1. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling)
2. Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)
3. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb)

Photo Credit: Vélofocus

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