Slow stage meant race missed scheduled crossing
The penultimate stage of the Ladies Tour of Norway ended in disappointment for the break, as they were caught not due to a hard chase by the peloton, but after getting stuck behind an open bridge.
Katarzyna Pawlowska, Leah Kirchmann, Rossella Ratto, and Mieke Kröger had a lead of around 30-seconds heading into the final five kilometres of stage two to Frederikstad and looked as if they could contest the win before the bridge opened in front of them.
That allowed the peloton to catch up, with the racing re-starting with the riders together in a single group and Chloe Hosking eventually taking victory in a sprint finish.
Speaking after the stage, race organisers said that the bridge had been scheduled to stay closed to allow the race to pass over, but with a slow stage meant that the riders reached the bridge 15 seconds too late, meaning that it was opened to allow boats to pass through.