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Kristen Faulkner holds off sprinters to win Ladies Tour of Norway opener

Kristen Faulkner takes surprise solo win in Sarpsborg and assumes the overall race lead. Susanne Andersen and Alice Barnes ride into second and third.

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Kristen Faulkner (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) claimed her first-ever WorldTour victory in dramatic fashion on stage 1 of the Ladies Tour of Norway.

The 28-year-old American was the last woman standing from a five-rider breakaway and put in a huge effort on the final uphill stretch to the line to hold off the chasing peloton. Norwegian rider Susanne Andersen (Team DSM) was the best of the rest, crossing the line just moments behind Faulkner, with Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) taking third.

“I didn’t know how far they were behind but I was going all out. I just focused forward and gave it what I could. It hurt,” Faulkner said. “It’s my first WorldTour win, so it’s really big. I had a lot of support from my teammates today.

“This was totally not in the plan. We thought it would end in a bunch sprint so my director told me to go in the break and go for the QoMs [Queen of the Mountain], and at the end when the break blew up, I thought I had a little bit left so I gave it what I could.”

The opening stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway was expected to be one for the sprinters, and it appeared to be a straightforward day of racing. However, Faulkner was not prepared to let the bunch have its say and she rode solo for 20 kilometers, after attacking the remnants of her breakaway.

A concerted effort by Alé BTC Ljubljana and Trek-Segafredo brought the U.S. rider within touching distance but a crash inside the final two kilometers put a spanner in the works. The bunch split in two with a small group of around 20 riders making the cut, while the rest had to battle back. The small delay was just enough for Faulkner to hold on for glory.

Faulkner takes the overall race lead by four seconds over Andersen, thanks to the bonus seconds she earned on the line.

Holding onto hope

A group of three riders, including Anna Christian (Drops-Le Col), Natalie van Gogh (Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire), Nina Buysman (Parkhotel-Valkenburg), made it clear of the peloton after an aggressive opening 40km of the stage. They would soon be joined by Faulkner and Tiril Jorgensen (Team Norway) to bolster their ranks.

The five riders were only allowed a short leash by the peloton and their advantage peaked out at just over four minutes before they were reeled back in preparation for a sprint finale.

As the peloton put the pressure on with Trek-Segafredo and Movistar on the front, the breakaway began to fall apart. Faulkner countered a move by Christian with 20km to go and set off on her own in an attempt to upset the form book.

With just seven kilometers to go, Faulkner held a gap of more than 30 seconds over the slightly fractured bunch. In a last-ditch attempt to haul the American back, Olympic time trial silver medalist Marlen Reusser took the whole peloton in her wheel. With the horsepower the Swiss rider was laying down, Faulkner had a fight on her hands to stay out front.

A crash on a right-hand bend with less than two kilometers to go cut the peloton disrupted the chase. Faulkner continued her lone drive to the line and never looked back as the pack charged up the hill behind her.

Ladies Tour of Norway Stage 1 Results

1FAULKNER KristenTeam TIBCO - SVB3:38:15
2ANDERSEN SusanneTeam DSM0:00
3BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
4LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
5MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
6BRAND LucindaTrek-Segafredo Women0:00
7VAN VLEUTEN AnnemiekMovistar Team0:00
8FOURNIER RoxaneTeam SD Worx0:00
9GUARISCHI BarbaraMovistar Team0:00
10BERTIZZOLO SofiaLiv Racing0:00
11CANT SannePlantur-Pura0:00
12SANGUINETI IlariaValcar - Travel & Service0:00
13BORGLI StineFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
14ROY SarahTeam BikeExchange0:00
15CHABBEY EliseCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
16LABOUS JulietteTeam DSM0:00
17MOBERG EmilieDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:00
18GARCÍA MaviAlé BTC Ljubljana0:00
19LOWDEN JoscelinDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:00
20VAN DER BURG NancyTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:00
21GÅSKJENN IngvildTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:00
22MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM0:00
23MOOLMAN AshleighTeam SD Worx0:00
24ENSING JannekeTeam BikeExchange0:00
25KASTELIJN YaraPlantur-Pura0:00
26REUSSER MarlenAlé BTC Ljubljana0:00
27SHACKLEY AnnaTeam SD Worx0:00
28KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:00
29BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
30MARKUS RiejanneTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:00
31VAN ANROOIJ ShirinTrek-Segafredo Women0:00
32FISHER-BLACK NiamhTeam SD Worx0:00
33JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing0:00
34DUVAL EugénieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
35YSLAND Anne DortheTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:00
36ARZUFFI Alice MariaValcar - Travel & Service0:00
37HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:00
38NEYLAN RachelParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
39LIMPENS PienParkhotel Valkenburg0:12
40HEINE VitaNorway0:12
41OTTESTAD Mie BjørndalNorway0:12
42PINTAR UrškaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:12
43BUJAK EugeniaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:12
44PERSICO SilviaValcar - Travel & Service0:12
45WORST AnnemariePlantur-Pura0:12
46HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:12
47ERATH TanjaTeam TIBCO - SVB0:12
48WRIGHT SophieAlé BTC Ljubljana0:12
49KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:12
50CHAPMAN BrodieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:12
51STULTIENS SabrinaLiv Racing0:12
52GUDERZO TatianaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:12
53DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:12
54VAN DE VELDE JulieTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:12
55GAFINOVITZ RotemBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 0:12
56LORVIK IngridNorway0:24
58OLSEN Elise Marie Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:29
59RAVNDAL BirgitteNorway0:29
60BARNES HannahCanyon//SRAM Racing0:29
61KENNEDY LucyTeam BikeExchange0:29
62CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service0:40
63GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service0:40
64ŽIGART UrškaTeam BikeExchange0:40
65GUTIÉRREZ SheylaMovistar Team0:40
66BIANNIC AudeMovistar Team0:48
67RYAN AlexisCanyon//SRAM Racing0:52
68POLLICINI SilviaValcar - Travel & Service0:59
69GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg1:12
70LIPPERT LianeTeam DSM1:24
71OLAUSSON WilmaTeam DSM1:24
72ANDERSSON CarolineTeam Coop - Hitec Products1:54
73MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products1:54
74CAVALLI MartaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
75HOSKING ChloeTrek-Segafredo Women2:08
76DE JONG DemiBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:08
77THOMAS LeahMovistar Team0:00
78LABECKI CorynTeam DSM0:00
79VAN DER HEIJDEN IngePlantur-Pura2:26
80PEÑUELA DianaTeam TIBCO - SVB2:26
81KESSLER NinaTeam TIBCO - SVB2:26
82CHRISTIAN AnnaDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.2:35
83PENTON SaraDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.2:35
84LUTRO AmalieTeam Coop - Hitec Products2:35
85RATTO RossellaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:35
86GHEKIERE JustineBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:39
87KUIJPERS EvyLiv Racing2:51
88JONGERIUS ClaudiaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:51
89BUIJSMAN NinaParkhotel Valkenburg2:51
90ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange2:51
91HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:00
92BAKKER ManonPlantur-Pura2:51
93CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx0:00
94CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek-Segafredo Women0:00
95OLSEN Ann HelenTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:48
96MAJERUS ChristineTeam SD Worx0:00
97KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing0:00
98JØRGENSEN TirilNorway5:43
99LIND MagdaleneNorway5:43
100VAN GOGH NatalieBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 5:57
101BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek-Segafredo Women6:02
102WORRACK TrixiTrek-Segafredo Women6:02
103RODRÍGUEZ GloriaMovistar Team6:02
1FAULKNER KristenTeam TIBCO - SVB3:38:05
2ANDERSEN SusanneTeam DSM0:04
3BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing0:06
4LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:10
5MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg0:10
6BRAND LucindaTrek-Segafredo Women0:10
7VAN VLEUTEN AnnemiekMovistar Team0:10
8FOURNIER RoxaneTeam SD Worx0:10
9GUARISCHI BarbaraMovistar Team0:10
10BERTIZZOLO SofiaLiv Racing0:10
11CANT SannePlantur-Pura0:10
12SANGUINETI IlariaValcar - Travel & Service0:10
13BORGLI StineFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:10
14ROY SarahTeam BikeExchange0:10
15CHABBEY EliseCanyon//SRAM Racing0:10
16LABOUS JulietteTeam DSM0:10
17MOBERG EmilieDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:10
18GARCÍA MaviAlé BTC Ljubljana0:10
19LOWDEN JoscelinDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:10
20VAN DER BURG NancyTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:10
21GÅSKJENN IngvildTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:10
22MACKAIJ FloortjeTeam DSM0:10
23MOOLMAN AshleighTeam SD Worx0:10
24ENSING JannekeTeam BikeExchange0:10
25KASTELIJN YaraPlantur-Pura0:10
26REUSSER MarlenAlé BTC Ljubljana0:10
27SHACKLEY AnnaTeam SD Worx0:10
28KOSTER AnouskaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:10
29BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:10
30MARKUS RiejanneTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:10
31VAN ANROOIJ ShirinTrek-Segafredo Women0:10
32FISHER-BLACK NiamhTeam SD Worx0:10
33JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing0:10
34DUVAL EugénieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:10
35YSLAND Anne DortheTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:10
36ARZUFFI Alice MariaValcar - Travel & Service0:10
37HENDERSON AnnaTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:10
38NEYLAN RachelParkhotel Valkenburg0:10
39CAVALLI MartaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:10
40THOMAS LeahMovistar Team0:10
41LABECKI CorynTeam DSM0:10
42HARVEY MikaylaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:10
43CECCHINI ElenaTeam SD Worx0:10
44CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek-Segafredo Women0:10
45MAJERUS ChristineTeam SD Worx0:10
46KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing0:10
47LIMPENS PienParkhotel Valkenburg0:22
48HEINE VitaNorway0:22
49OTTESTAD Mie BjørndalNorway0:22
50PINTAR UrškaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:22
51BUJAK EugeniaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:22
52PERSICO SilviaValcar - Travel & Service0:22
53WORST AnnemariePlantur-Pura0:22
54HARRIS EllaCanyon//SRAM Racing0:22
55ERATH TanjaTeam TIBCO - SVB0:22
56WRIGHT SophieAlé BTC Ljubljana0:22
57KRAAK AmberTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:22
58CHAPMAN BrodieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:22
59STULTIENS SabrinaLiv Racing0:22
60GUDERZO TatianaAlé BTC Ljubljana0:22
61DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:22
62VAN DE VELDE JulieTeam Jumbo-Visma Women0:22
63GAFINOVITZ RotemBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 0:22
64LORVIK IngridNorway0:34
66OLSEN Elise Marie Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:39
67RAVNDAL BirgitteNorway0:39
68BARNES HannahCanyon//SRAM Racing0:39
69KENNEDY LucyTeam BikeExchange0:39
70CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service0:50
71GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service0:50
72ŽIGART UrškaTeam BikeExchange0:50
73GUTIÉRREZ SheylaMovistar Team0:50
74BIANNIC AudeMovistar Team0:58
75RYAN AlexisCanyon//SRAM Racing1:02
76POLLICINI SilviaValcar - Travel & Service1:09
77GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg1:22
78LIPPERT LianeTeam DSM1:34
79OLAUSSON WilmaTeam DSM1:34
80ANDERSSON CarolineTeam Coop - Hitec Products2:04
81MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products2:04
82HOSKING ChloeTrek-Segafredo Women2:18
83DE JONG DemiBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:18
84VAN DER HEIJDEN IngePlantur-Pura2:36
85PEÑUELA DianaTeam TIBCO - SVB2:36
86KESSLER NinaTeam TIBCO - SVB2:36
87CHRISTIAN AnnaDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.2:45
88PENTON SaraDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.2:45
89LUTRO AmalieTeam Coop - Hitec Products2:45
90RATTO RossellaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:45
91GHEKIERE JustineBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 2:49
92KUIJPERS EvyLiv Racing3:01
93JONGERIUS ClaudiaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 3:01
94BUIJSMAN NinaParkhotel Valkenburg3:01
95ALLEN JessicaTeam BikeExchange3:01
96BAKKER ManonPlantur-Pura3:01
97OLSEN Ann HelenTeam Coop - Hitec Products4:58
98JØRGENSEN TirilNorway5:53
99LIND MagdaleneNorway5:53
100VAN GOGH NatalieBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 6:07
101BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek-Segafredo Women6:12
102WORRACK TrixiTrek-Segafredo Women6:12
103RODRÍGUEZ GloriaMovistar Team6:12
2MAJERUS ChristineTeam SD Worx5
3ANDERSEN SusanneTeam DSM5
4JACKSON AlisonLiv Racing5
5VAN GOGH NatalieBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 4
6BARNES AliceCanyon//SRAM Racing4
7LUDWIG Cecilie UttrupFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope3
8CHRISTIAN AnnaDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.3
9MARKUS FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg2
11JØRGENSEN TirilNorway2
12BRAND LucindaTrek-Segafredo Women1
13JONGERIUS ClaudiaBingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 1
1SHACKLEY AnnaTeam SD Worx3:38:15
2BREDEWOLD MischaParkhotel Valkenburg0:00
3VAN ANROOIJ ShirinTrek-Segafredo Women0:00
4FISHER-BLACK NiamhTeam SD Worx0:00
5YSLAND Anne DortheTeam Coop - Hitec Products0:00
6LIMPENS PienParkhotel Valkenburg0:12
7WRIGHT SophieAlé BTC Ljubljana0:12
8DE WILDE JuliePlantur-Pura0:12
9OLSEN Elise Marie Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:29
10CONSONNI ChiaraValcar - Travel & Service0:40
11GASPARRINI Eleonora CamillaValcar - Travel & Service0:40
12GERRITSE FemkeParkhotel Valkenburg1:12
13OLAUSSON WilmaTeam DSM1:24
14ANDERSSON CarolineTeam Coop - Hitec Products1:54
15MOHR Mari HoleTeam Coop - Hitec Products1:54
16VAN DER HEIJDEN IngePlantur-Pura2:26
17LUTRO AmalieTeam Coop - Hitec Products2:35
18BAKKER ManonPlantur-Pura2:51
19JØRGENSEN TirilNorway5:43
20LIND MagdaleneNorway5:43
21BÄCKSTEDT ElynorTrek-Segafredo Women6:02
1BUIJSMAN NinaParkhotel Valkenburg7
2CHRISTIAN AnnaDrops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.5
4JØRGENSEN TirilNorway3
1Team DSM 10:54:45
2FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00
3Team SD Worx0:00
4Parkhotel Valkenburg0:00
5Team Jumbo-Visma Women0:00
6Movistar Team0:00
7Canyon//SRAM Racing0:00
8Trek-Segafredo Women0:00
9Liv Racing0:00
11Alé BTC Ljubljana0:12
12Valcar - Travel & Service0:12
13Drops - Le Col s/b TEMPUR.0:29
14Team BikeExchange0:29
15Team TIBCO - SVB0:41
17Team Coop - Hitec Products1:54
18Bingoal Casino - Chevalmeire Cycling Team 4:55

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