Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen are back in business. The two Norwegian cycling stars took part in the Tour de France but returned empty handed as they both made the top 5 four times without winning any stage. They turned the finale of stage 1 in a thrilling duel in which the Katusha rider outsprinted the national champion to score his nineteenth victory of the season and take the lead of the Arctic Race of Norway for the first time ever.
It was a long day. My attack was planned, in order to take some bonus seconds, which I did, so that was good. Then at the end, I still had good legs so I wanted to try something more. But it was difficult because the peloton had everything under control. It was a nice try. I like breakaways so I'm quite happy with my race today. Being the King of the Mountain today, I have won quite a lot of fish [worth 10,000 NOK]. I eat a lot of salmon through the year anyway! Norway is famous for the...
The stage in pictures
Arctic Race Of Norway 2015 - 13/08/2015 - Stage 1 - Harstad - Harstad - Alexander Kristoff © ARN/Trym Bergsmo
Harstad – the city of diversity
With 24.600 inhabitants, the city of Harstad is located in the centre of Northern Norway's most densely populated region. The city combines urban life with unique proximity to nature, where the local scenery proposes many activities in the great outdoors.
Situated on Norway's largest island, Hinnøy, and surrounded by a beautiful archipelago and magnificent mountains, Harstad is very proud of its unique location. The city ranks as number three in size in Northern Norway and works as a centre of commerce in the region. Harstad represents also the capital of oil industry in the North, with energy company Statoil's northern office leading the way.
The city's cultural life is rich and varied, with the Arts Festival of North Norway functioning as a vanguard. As regional centre, the city of Harstad performs several regional functions and some that are national. Harstad has also its own University College with 1400 students and beautifully located in the city centre, very close to the seafront.
Harstad benefits from excellent infrastructure with the airport of Evenes 40 minutes away and a port strategically located in the heart of the city.
Harstad is a small, but sympathetic city to live in. Recently, traditional industry has been replaced by innovation and new employment and in parallel, cafés and top shelf restaurants have created a new buzz in the heart of the city. This development, including the many offers that exist in the outskirts of the city, attracts young people to Harstad.
Jersey wearers after the stage 4
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