2017 Ladies Tour of Norway Stage 3

It was 10am, the longest distance of the season was ahead of us and I was standing under a team gazebo, because it was raining so hard, that I would have been soaked to skin in a minute otherwise. The signs weren’t good at the start, but almost the moment the race started, the sun came out and stayed with us for the rest of the day.

And it was a glorious day. The course was stunning, the racing was exciting and when I arrived at the finish in Halden, there were a lot of people there and they created an amazing atmosphere. The cherry on the cake was the fact that the hotel was right next to the finish line, so no long transfer was necessary – I could get started with the photos immediately. It was a great week here in Norway and I hope next year’s edition will be just as well-organised as this one.

I’m signing now off, the road season is over for me, Sean takes care of the rest of the season, firstly the GP Plouay this weekend. Thanks for all the fish and see you next April!

CANYON//SRAM Racing spare bikes are getting wet on the team car

A Lotto-Soudal Ladies rider gets a final leg rub, sheltered from the elements

The final and complete sign-on sheet

Brian Cookson is ready to kick-off the racing on the Norwegian-Swedish border on the old Svinesund bridge

The peloton approaches the first intermediate sprint

More dramatic rock formations

The peloton is stretched out on a short but fast descent

Janneke Ensing stretches her legs in a quieter moment

Shara Gillow leads the charge on the second categorised climb

Daiva Tuslate checks what is behind them

The peloton rides through an S-bend

WM3 Pro Cycling Team drives the pace at the front

Megan Guarnierdrops off her gilet

Ellen van Dijk to Team Sunweb DS Hans Timmermans

WM3 Pro Cycling Team drives the pace at the front

Rachel Neylan attacks

Rossella Ratto rides with the front group

This is the worst nightmare imaginable at the finish line. You have two rides sprinting for the victory, you only have a long lens, they distance between them keeps growing and you still don’t know who is going to win. You have to pick one and if you pick the wrong rider (like I did), you end up with a photo where the winner is not properly sharp.

Ingrid Moe and Lisen Hocking spent a lot of time together in the break of the day and they happily acknowledged each other’s feats after the finish

Team Sunweb celebrates winning the best team title

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