The 2015 Arctic Race of Norway kicks off on August 13 with the four-day event taking in a total of 700 kilometres. Home favourites Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN Qhubeka) are both set to take part.
The race starts with a stage four the sprinters with a relatively flat 213.km that starts and finishes in Harstad. The second stage has more of a climbing feel to it with five categorised climbs. The penultimate stage to Målselv should decide the overall winner of the race with a final ascent to the line measuring 3.7 kilometres in length, and with an average gradient of 7.8 per cent. The final stage around Narvik will see the peloton take on a circuit that should once again suit the fastmen.
Arctic Norway race teams
Astana, BMC Racing, Bora Argon, Bretagne Seche, Cofidis, Cult Energy, Froy Bianchi, IAM Cycling, Lampre Merida, MTN-Qhubeka, Team Coop-Oster Hus, Team Europcar, Team Fixit.No, Team Giant Alpecin, Team Joker, Team Katusha, Team Novo Nordisk, Team Ringeriks, Team Sparebanken, Tinkoff-Saxo, Topsport Vlaanderern, United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team
Arctic Race of Norway race route
Stage 1: Harstad – Harstad 213.5km
Stage 2: Evenskjer – Setermoen 155km
Stage 3: Senja – Målselv 175km
Stage 4: Narvik – Narvik 160km