After the Vårgårda double, we’re staying in Scandinavia a bit longer as the Ladies Tour of Norway is round the corner. From our Swedish line-up, Danish road champion Amalie Dideriksen, Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus, Megan Guarnier and Karol-Ann Canuel also start in Norway, they are joined by Skylar Schneider and Anna Plichta.
Guarnier returns to Norway as the 2015 GC winner and last year’s stage 3 winner and overall runner-up. Majerus and Dideriksen have both finished top 15 in the stage race as well, offering plenty of opportunities for Boels-Dolmans success again this year.
The Tour was slightly changed only recently, the race being divided into two races this year. Instead of an opening team time trial and three road races to form one four-day stage race, the team time trial is now a stand-alone UCI 1.WWT event. The other three stages form the traditional Ladies Tour of Norway stage race.
While the men’s peloton is racing in Norway from 16-19 August as well in the Arctic Race of Norway, they stay in the upper northern part of the country. The Ladies Tour of Norway, however, takes place in the south.
The team time trial is 24,3 kilometers in length with start in Aremark and finish in Halden. The terrain is mostly downhill until the 20-kilometers mark, where the course goes uphill until the finish line.
The stage race contains two 128-kilometer stages with the third stage this third stage will finish with a few local laps in the city centre of Halden, giving the Norwegian plenty of time to cheer for their favourite riders.
How to follow
The Ladies Tour of Norway is live to watch both online and on television. Norwegian TV2 will broadcast the race in Norway, Flobikes.com provides a livestream in the United States and Canada.
There will also be a livestream on the official race website - visit ladiestour.no for the livestream and details of all broadcast info. Women’s cycling journalist Owen Rogers and former pro Emma Johansson will be your commentators on the organisation’s livestream.
For information via Twitter, visit the official race account at @LTour_Of_Norway or get your updates from the Women’s WorldTour account @UCI_WWT. Alternatively, use the go-to hashtag in the Women’s WorldTour, #UCIWWT, or the official race hashtag, which is #LTON18.
Boels-Dolmans for the Ladies Tour of Norway: