Israel-Premier Tech close in on valuable UCI points haul at Arctic Race of Norway

HAUTACAM FRANCE JULY 21 Hugo Houle of Canada and Team Israel Premier Tech competes during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 18 a 1432km stage from Lourdes to Hautacam 1520m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 21 2022 in Hautacam France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech) at the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

With three-quarters of the Arctic Race of Norway over and done with, and just the hilly final stage in Trondheim left to race, Israel-Premier Tech enjoy three men within striking distance of the race lead – not to mention a very valuable potential UCI points haul.

Following the queen stage to Skallstuggu on Saturday, which saw Hugo Houle and Carl Frederik Hagen take third and fifth places, respectively, the pair now occupy third and seventh on GC, with Krists Neilands further back in 12th place.

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