Tour des Fjords: Kragh Andersen wins in Sandnes

Danish rider moves into race lead

Søren Kragh Andersen of Tre For-Blue Water claimed the first pro win of his career but probably not his last one as he's being courted by several World Tour teams. He rode away from a front group of thirteen riders including Marco Haller who was sent up the road by race leader Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). He outsprinted Spain's Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-RGA) and his own teammate Michael Olsson, the Swedish champion who played a big role in his quest to power with one day to go in the Tour des Fjords.

"What a wonderful day for me and the team," Kragh said. "To have two men in the top three is incredible. I'm so happy. This is the biggest victory in my career so far. I'm hoping to go pro soon. This is my dream. My season has been wonderful up to now but if I win the Tour des Fjords overall, it would change my career a lot."

"It was a very tactical stage at the beginning," Kragh continued. "Four riders went away and they were all fifteen minutes down on Kristoff but other teams rode to close the gap." Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge), Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing), Jeroen Meijers (Rabobank Development) and Ronan van Zandbeek (De Rijke), the latter on the hunt for more King of the Mountains points, took off after 20km. They got a 7 minute advantage but they were brought back with 72km to go, notably because of the chase organized by Caja Rural-RGA. Another group went away in the main hill of the day just after the regrouping.

"We formed a big group and we realized we were going for the yellow jersey as we got three minutes lead," Kragh added. The 13-man breakaway included highest ranked rider Haller whose presence at the front gave a break to Katusha in the chase. Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka), Mads Pedersen and Rasmus Guldhammer (Cult Energy), Angel Madrazo and Txurruka (Caja Rural-RGA) were the other new GC contenders. "The last three laps in Stavanger, it was just full gas," Kragh remembered.

Orica-GreenEdge fired up the bunch in the steep climb of Åsveien on the final circuit with Adam Yates the second last lap and Daryl Impey in the last one. Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) also tried to ride away from arch-rival Kristoff but the victory belonged to the front runners. Three of them emerged: Txurruka who took the polka dot jersey, Olsson and Kragh.

"I was going well," Txurruka told Cyclingnews. "But we didn't understand each other in the team. Then I've realized that it would be difficult to beat two guys from the same team and I could see the eventual winner had the speed of a track rider. In the final straight line, I lost my pedal but I wouldn't have won anyway. He's too fast."

Kristoff said the finale was a bit too tough for Marco Haller, his leadout man..

"But he's quite strong and we have another shot to try and win the Tour des Fjords with him tomorrow," said Kristoff who didn't express a big disappointment. "

Kragh is only eight seconds ahead of the Austrian from Katusha on GC. "It's going to be hard to defend the jersey on the last day," the 20 year old Dane said. "We're a continental team, not as strong as some World Tour teams that are here but our director (Allan Johansen) has a plan."

And Kragh has a future…


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water4:03:27 
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:01 
3Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:00:04 
4Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
5Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
6Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:07 
7Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:23 
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:35 
9Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus  
11Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
13Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:39 
14Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:51 
15Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge  
16Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Joker0:01:00 
17Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
18Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
19Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
20Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton  
21Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
22Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
23Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:08 
24Pawel Bernas (Pol) Activejet Team  
25Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor  
27Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
28Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
29Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:22 
30Frederik Galta (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus  
31Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:01:39 
32Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:01:51 
33Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Fillip Eidsheim (Nor) Team Fixit.no0:02:00 
35Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
36Petter Theodorsen (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:02:13 
37Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
39Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:02:17 
40Jan Maas (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:02:25 
41Ole Andre Austevoll (Nor) Team  
42Haavard Blikra (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus0:02:37 
43Audun Brekke Fløtten (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
44Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
45Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:41 
46Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team0:02:46 
47Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
48Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:08 
49Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:12 
50Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:03:21 
51Marcus Faglum Karlsson (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:03:44 
52Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:03:47 
53Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha0:04:25 
54André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:05:41 
55Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
56Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
57Andreas Erland (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor  
58Torstein Traaen (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
59Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:07:22 
60Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
61Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
62Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
63Adrian Aas Stien (Nor) Team Joker  
64Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor  
65Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
66Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
67Kamil Gradek (Pol) Activejet Team  
68Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team  
69Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
71Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
72Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:09:06 
73Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
74James Mc Laughlin (GBr) Madison Genesis0:09:53 
75Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
76Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:11:32 
77Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge  
78Ole Forfang (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:12:04 
79Torstein Stokkenes (Nor) Team  
80Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:12:24 
81Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke  
82Thomas Nybo Riis (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water  
83Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton  
84Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke  
85Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Team Joker  
86Mitchell Cornelisse (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
87Fridtjof Røinås (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor0:12:27 
88Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Team Joker0:14:44 
89Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
90Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team  
91Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
92Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
93Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton  
94Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
95Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
96Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team  
97Daniel Foder (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water  
98Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNSOscar Landa (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus  
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFRobbert De Greef (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke  
DNFSindre Eid Hermansen (Nor) Team  
DNFPhilip Lindau (Swe) Team Joker  
Sprint 1 - km 13.7 - Sandnes
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge6 pts
2André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton4 
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing2 
Sprint 2 - km 30.6 - Bryne
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team6 pts
2Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing4 
3Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
Sprint 3 - km 77.4 - Ålgård
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge6 pts
2Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo4 
3Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water20 pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA16 
3Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Trefor - Blue Water14 
4Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling12 
5Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha10 
6Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo8 
7Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling6 
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka4 
9Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
10August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus1 
Mountain 1 - km 95.2 - Seldal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5 pts
2Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo3 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka2 
4Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling1 
Mountain 2 - km 143.5 - Åsveien
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5 pts
2Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling3 
3Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water2 
4Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling1 
General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water18:14:28 
2Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:00:08 
3Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:00:10 
4Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:14 
5Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:25 
6Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:33 
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:00:40 
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:45 
9Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:48 
11Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:52 
12Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:57 
13August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus0:00:59 
14Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
15Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:02 
16Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:08 
17Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:10 
18Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team  
19Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton  
20Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:01:11 
21Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:18 
22Pawel Bernas (Pol) Activejet Team  
23Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:32 
24Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor  
25Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
26Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:01:45 
27Frederik Galta (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus0:01:46 
28Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:01:50 
29Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:01:59 
30Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:01 
31Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:02:15 
32Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:17 
33Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:37 
34Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:02:41 
35Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:01 
36Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:10 
37Petter Theodorsen (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:03:38 
38Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:34 
39Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:04:37 
40Marcus Faglum Karlsson (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:05:14 
41Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi0:05:24 
42Kamil Gradek (Pol) Activejet Team0:07:46 
43Jan Maas (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:08:05 
44Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:08:40 
45Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:09:20 
46Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha0:09:24 
47Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:10:54 
48Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:11:39 
49Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha0:13:02 
50Ole Andre Austevoll (Nor) Team Fixit.no0:15:05 
51Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:15:27 
52Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Team Joker0:15:41 
53Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:16:45 
54Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:17:59 
55Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:18:04 
56Haavard Blikra (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus0:18:22 
57Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Activejet Team0:18:33 
58Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Nor) Team Joker0:19:57 
59Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:20:22 
60Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:20:57 
61André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:21:21 
62Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:21:23 
63Audun Brekke Fløtten (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:21:42 
64Adrian Aas Stien (Nor) Team Joker0:22:16 
65Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:22:57 
66Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:23:29 
67Wouter Mol (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke0:24:33 
68Torstein Traaen (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:24:45 
69Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:25:22 
70Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:25:32 
71Andreas Erland (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor0:25:57 
72Fillip Eidsheim (Nor) Team Fixit.no0:26:16 
73Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Team Joker0:26:51 
74Thomas Nybo Riis (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:27:05 
75Vegard Robinson Bugge (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor0:27:19 
76Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis0:28:09 
77Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:29:41 
78Pawel Franczak (Pol) Activejet Team0:29:44 
79Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:30:31 
80Fridtjof Røinås (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor0:31:14 
81Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:32:07 
82Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:32:25 
83Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:33:31 
84Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:33:39 
85Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:33:51 
86Ike Groen (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke0:35:06 
87Karel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:35:30 
88Gert Steegmans (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:36:11 
89Ole Forfang (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:36:39 
90Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge0:40:29 
91Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton0:41:45 
92Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke0:44:38 
93James Mc Laughlin (GBr) Madison Genesis0:44:56 
94Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team0:47:13 
95Daniel Foder (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water0:49:06 
96Torstein Stokkenes (Nor) Team Fixit.no0:49:47 
97Mitchell Cornelisse (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:50:07 
98Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team Fixit.no0:51:02 
99Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:52:27 
100Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
101Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke0:52:47 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha60 pts
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge36 
3Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo32 
4Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water28 
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing28 
6Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water27 
7Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha26 
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka26 
9Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka26 
10Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team18 
11Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA16 
12Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Trefor - Blue Water14 
13Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling14 
14Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling14 
15André Looij (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton14 
16Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Rabobank Development Team12 
17Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo8 
18Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert6 
19Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Tre Berg-Bianchi6 
20Ole Andre Austevoll (Nor) Team Fixit.no6 
21Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA6 
22Wouter Mol (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke6 
23Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team6 
24Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo4 
25Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing4 
26Andreas Erland (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor4 
27Fridtjof Røinås (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor4 
28Nick Dougall (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4 
29Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
30Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge2 
31August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop-Oster Hus1 
32Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA20 pts
2Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Cyclingteam Join's - de Rijke13 
3Ole Andre Austevoll (Nor) Team Fixit.no10 
4Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert7 
5Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo5 
6Adrian Gjølberg (Nor) Team Fixit.no5 
7Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Rabobank Development Team5 
8Andreas Erland (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor5 
9Michal Podlaski (Pol) Activejet Team5 
10Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water4 
11Mads Pedersen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling4 
12Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha3 
13Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo3 
14Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge3 
15Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton3 
16Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge2 
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka2 
18Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor2 
19Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise2 
20Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling1 
21Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha1 
22Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Rabobank Development Team1 


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