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.

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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.