One Pro Cycling’s Steele Von Hoff takes Tour of Norway lead after winning stage one

Steele Von Hoff takes his first win for One Pro Cycling at the Tour of Norway and takes the lead in the general classification at the same time

One Pro Cycling notched their second major European win on Wednesday at the Tour of Norway with Steele Von Hoff beating a strong field in Langesund.

The Australian former Garmin-Sharp rider followed the wheels of his rival sprinters in the final kilometre and squeezed through the inside near the rails before powering away to victory.

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Von Hoff sat behind Lotto-Soudal‘s Tosh van der Sande as LottoNL-Jumbo‘s Tom van Asbroeck opened up the sprint first, but the One rider’s patience paid off in the final 200m.

Bora-Argon 18’s Phil Bauhaus trailed in second place, with Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) getting third.

It is Von Hoff’s first win since joining One at the start of the 2016 season and the first in over a year since he won the Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic for NFTO in April 2015.

He also claimed a podium place for One at the Herald Sun Tour, finishing third on the stage to Inverloch back in February.

With an 11.3km climb featuring on stage two of the Tour of Norway, Von Hoff’s stint in the leader’s jersey is set to be a short one, but it’s more great publicity for his team and proof they can compete in the big races.