Norway’s Jonas Iversby Hvideberg won the leaders jersey at Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday after committing a new foul for which he earned a second bonus.
Hvideberg, who was also involved in a world tour opening-stage long foul, was involved in a new foul initially in the second stage on Tuesday. Hvideberg, Joan Bou and Adria Moreno caught up again with nearly 30 miles remaining to the finish line at Perpignan.
The Norwegians on the DSM team have secured a few bonus seconds along the way, and since Monday’s stage winner Michael Matthews was unable to pick up bonus seconds, there’s a Norwegian in the leader’s jersey. Hvideberg is one second ahead of the Australian.
– It was amazing. I was a little unsure from the start, but then two men left, and I threw myself. I was a little scared of the crosswind when we were brought in, but I had good help from my team-mates. Luckily, I managed to break free, Hvideberg told TV 2.
He came with the main field to 14th place on stage.
Hvideberg also has rock climbing jerseys and youth jerseys. He secured several climbing points during the stage.
– The climbing jersey is a small safety net if I don’t want to succeed. “I can drive as hard as I can, but it will be difficult,” he said of the chance to keep the leader’s jersey on Wednesday’s stage.
Wednesday is a much more difficult stage with, among other things, three difficult mountain passes,
Tuesday’s stage is 202.4 kilometers and departs from L’Escala to Perpignan on the French side of the border. Towards the end there is a rollover where the main field splits. The sprint was won by Kaden Groves of Australia ahead of Phil Bauhaus of Germany. The latter was his Italian team-mate Sonny Colbrelli, who created great concern when he collapsed after completing the opening stages. On Wednesday, it was reported that he was doing well.
What is that job?
The Norwegian Uno-X Team runs the first stage race of the world tour. Drivers like Tobias Halland Johannessen and Torstein Træen are the leaders in the team. Johannessen holds seventh place in the summary, eleven seconds behind Hvideberg.
– Good day for us. We did what we were supposed to do, said Uno-X captain Johannessen, who finished 20th on the stage.
The whimsical Christian Eiking, who stood out at last year’s Vuelta a Espaa and has experience cycling with the jersey leader, also participated in the race for the EF Education team. He came more than half a minute behind 45 main field players.
Volta a Catalunya consists of a total of seven stages. The racers will traverse some difficult mountains, and two stages will end at the top of a difficult climb. There, strong climbing Johannessen really showed his skills.
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