MASS SPRING: Chloe Hosking has won the second stage of the Tour of Norway in strange circumstances.
MASS SPRING: Chloe Hosking has won the second stage of the Tour of Norway in strange circumstances. YOAN VALAT

Hosking overcomes a bridge too close

AUSTRALIAN cyclist Chloe Hosking has won the second stage of the Tour of Norway after a bridge opened five kilometres from the finish.

Four riders had been about 20-30 seconds off the front when the bridge opened. Under race rules, when the race was restarted the four riders lost their gap.

Officials had expected the women's race to have passed the bridge by its opening time but a slow pace early caused the disruption.

Hosking (Ale Cipollini) was able to regroup for her fourth win of the season in a sprint from Marianne Vos (WM3) and Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb).

The second placing put Vos into the overall race lead.

"There was a break just up the road and then all of sudden we rounded a corner, and I saw the motos stopping and the boom gates going down and the whole peloton stopping," Hosking said.

"Luckily the girls had moved me up to the front, so when we stopped, we were right at the front.

"I was a bit spooked by the situation because we were essentially doing a mass start 5km sprint.

"It was super technical but I managed to find my position again and surf wheels to stay well positioned."

- Daily Telegraph

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