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Emilia Fahlin sprints to second place again in Tour of Norway Stage 2

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Emilia Fahlin sprinted to her second straight second place in the Ladies Tour of Norway, between Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg. The Swedish Champion powered her way past Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) on the uphill finishing straight, but was just unable to catch former World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling) before the line.

“Yesterday I was so close, and obviously today she was ahead of me,” Fahlin said. “I’m happy I could come around for second, and get Kasia in the end, because they had a nice little gap – and Kasia gave Marianne a nice lead out – so I just tried to close the gap to them.

“But they were going, and then Marianne decided to start the sprint, and I wasn’t in the wheel already and she was too hard to get. But she’s super strong at the moment, and she was the strongest up the climb today in the final.

“I think I was a couple of wheels back, and it was a super long finish,” Fahlin added. “From the last corner it was all uphill, and it was actually a hard little climb and it was really, really windy! You wanted to not be in the wind, but everybody was starting their sprint and it was a real power finish today.”

The 127.7km stage was run under heavy rain and in strong winds. Due to a prevailing headwind for much of the course, the peloton stayed largely together until it reached the four rolling, 6.7km finishing circuits around Sarpsborg, where the attacks began. Several breakaway groups formed, and all were marked by Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s former Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, but none was able to open a meaningful gap.

“We still had Elisa in the GC, because we were both in the group yesterday, so it was super good that she could cover these groups,” Fahlin said. “If one of these groups had gone it would still have been good for her as well. I wasn’t feeling brilliant on the circuit, so it was good that she could be up there.”

As the finish line approached, however, it was Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild that brought Fahlin to the head of the peloton, where she would be able to launch her own sprint for the second day in succession.

“Kirsten put me in the absolute best position, she did an amazing job. I’m still buzzing from what she did today,” the Swedish Champion laughed. “Already in the intermediate sprint she put me up there. Without her I couldn’t have done that sprint, and also for the final she convinced me to go for it, because I was struggling!

“I was hanging on for dear life in the circuit,” Fahlin added. “It was cold and nasty, and she just did an amazing job to bring me up to the best position. She went around the whole bunch. It was so strung out and she just went around everyone – on the outside – with me in the wheel. Without her today I wouldn’t have got the result today.

“I owe a lot to her today, but it’s pretty cool,” she added. “It’s amazing when your teammates believe in you, and want you to try for yourself.”

Result
1. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals Pro Cycling)
2. Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)
3. Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM)

Photo Credit: Vélofocus

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