Logistics, Environment and Expansion: Inside the Tour of Scandinavia

VIKERSUND, NORWAY - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Rebecca Koerner of Denmark and Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and Olivia Baril of Canada and UAE Team Adq and a general view of the peloton competing during the 9th Tour of Scandinavia 2023 - Battle Of The North, Stage 2 a 150.5km stage from Vikersund to Norefjell 791m / #UCIWWT / on August 24, 2023 in Vikersund, Norway. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
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The 2023 Tour of Scandinavia was the second edition of the stage race that grew out of the Ladies Tour of Norway to also include Denmark and (in 2022) Sweden. At the race, Cyclingnews spoke exclusively to Roy Moberg, general director of the race, Morten Anderson, president of the DCU, the Danish cycling union, and the race's overall winner Annemiek van Vleuten about the expansion from an event in the southeastern corner of Norway to one that spans several countries, the logistics this expansion entails, and the possibilities for future growth.

A race that leapfrogs two nations has its challenges, not the least of which was the mid-event shift of all the riders, staff and equipment hundreds of kilometres over land and water. 

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.