Megan Guarner time trialled to fifth place in the Ladies Tour of Norway prologue on Thursday evening. The American covered the 3.4 kilometre effort in Halden city centre in 3:48, four seconds off the winning time posted by stage winner Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb).
Ten seconds separate the top 22 following the opening stage. Boels-Dolmans has three riders amongst that group in Guarnier, Chantal Blaak (11th place, six seconds) and Christine Majerus (16th place, eight seconds).
“There are a lot of bonus seconds to be gained in intermediate sprints and finishes,” noted Guarnier. “It will be interesting to see how other teams approach the race tomorrow.”
Guarnier won the Norway general classification in 2015. It was a two-day stage race then. In 2016, the race grew to include three stages. In 2017, the now four-day tour has earned UCI Women’s WorldTour status.
“I hope Boels-Dolmans can come away with some success here,” said Guarnier. “I would like to see us up on a stage podium or the general classification. This is a really nice race and great organisation. I’m very happy that the race will be live-streamed. Live coverage is so important for our sport to continue to grow.”
Friday’s stage one is a 105-kilometre road stage that from Halden to Mysen
“I think we will get a better idea of our tactic for these next few days after we see what is happening tomorrow,” said Guarnier. “It’s great to be back in Norway with another strong team.”