Nordic rollers20 August 2018
The fourth stage against the team watch played this Monday in Orleans on a rigorously flat and straight course has highlighted the superiority of Nordic rouleurs.
The formation of Denmark (our picture) stood out at the average of 54.6 km / h. on the 20.2 kilometers of the very rolling course. Not surprising since she has included the world champion of the time trial, Mikkel Bjerg, but this performance was not enough to dress his partner Magnus Bak Klaris of the yellow jersey that seemed to him devolved. The latter, a member of the breakaway who had kept more than two minutes ahead of the pack on Saturday in Châteaubriant, was indeed a victim of a puncture shortly after the mid-race of the team time trial. And Denmark did not want to question the stage victory over this incident, abandoning Klaris to his plight, without waiting for him.
It is therefore the Norwegian Häkon Lunder Aalsrust, also a member of the breakaway trio of Châteaubriant, who takes the Yellow Jersey, thanks to the good performance of his country, third of the collective stage behind Denmark and Belgium.
The French team has therefore been able to extend further the pleasure of Alan Riou, leader since Saturday, despite a performance much in line with what she expected: 7th of the stage at 27 seconds of the Danes. Damien Touzé and Alan Riou, the two French winners since the beginning of the event, have also boosted the pace of the tricolor team, fairly homogeneous, but not sufficiently armed as real riders to compete with the nations of the world. ‘exercise.
Häkon Lunder Aalrust, a 20-year-old Norwegian, now has a good chance to take the leader’s jersey to the Alps, tackled Thursday by the “flash” stage between Moutiers and Méribel (35.4 km). Until then, there are two days left in the plain sequence, with a flat arrival favorable to the few sprinters at the party so far this Tuesday in Levroux (Indre). And another false flat Wednesday Wednesday in Cérilly (Allier). Before the change of scenery…