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August 16, 2014 – In the much awaited ascent to Kvænangsfjellet, Simon Spilak attacked the group and Belkin’s Steven Kruijswijk followed his move and subsequently took over the race lead from his Norwegian team-mate Lars-Petter Nordhaug on the eve of the conclusion of the Arctic Race of Norway.
ASO/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad
The Slovenian delivered back-to-back victories for Katusha after Alexander Kristoff who consolidated his lead in the points classification by finishing fourth atop the climb overlooking the wonderful scenery of Kvænangen in the county of Troms.
“I wanted to attack today”, said Spilak. “We had a plan for doing it in the hardest part of the climb. After winning with Kristoff yesterday, we agreed that the team would work for me today. It’s beautiful. I’ve taken ten days off after pulling out of the Tour de France [in stage 17] with a stomach bug. I’ve recovered well. Shorter stage races suit me better.”
A triple crown is expected for Katusha as Kristoff is the hot favorite for stage 4 in Tromsø. “I’m confident”, the Norwegian admitted. “People say I’m unbeatable at the moment but I’ve been beaten today. I strongly hope to win again on the final day of the Arctic Race.”