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Philip Deignan set for stage racing action with Team Sky

Posted on: May 15th, 2018

Philip Deignan may not be riding the Giro d’Italia as expected with Team Sky, but he is getting back into stage race action with the British WorldTour outfit. The Irish rider is part of the squad’s line-up for the Tour of Norway.

 

Ireland’s Philip Deignan is back in action for Team Sky from tomorrow at the Tour of Norway.

The 2.HC-ranked event runs over five stages. Deignan is in the Team Sky line-up with Leonardo Basso, Jon Dibben, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Benat Intxausti and David Lopez.

While both the Giro d’Italia and Tour of California are on at present, the Tour of Norway still boasts a strong field.

As well as Team Sky, the other WorldTour outfits taking part are Dimension Data are LottoNL-Jumbo.

And they are joined by a range of strong ProContinental teams. Among those are Ireland’s Aqua Blue Sport, Bardini-CSF, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, CC Sprandi Polkowice and others.

The opening stage tomorrow, Wednesday, takes the riders 186km from Svelvik to Horten with two relatively minor climbs.

Stage 2 is 169km from Hønefoss to Asker, with two cat 3 climbs. The following day also involves two small climbs on the 175km road from Moss to Sarpsborg.

Saturday’s fourth stage – 218km from Kongsvinger to Brumunddal – will be harder because it is longer. And the cat 2 and cat 3 climbs come close to the finish.

But it is not until the closing stage 5 on Sunday that the race will probably blow to pieces.

The 154km race from Moelv to Lillehammer includes two cat 2s before the halfway point.

There is then a cat 1 crested about 20km from the finish, where an uncategorised ramp is also included.

 

 

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