Procycling - - NORTHERN EXPOSURE -

The Arc­tic Race was one of three stage races Nor­way had in 2018 along­side the Tour of Nor­way and Tour des Fjords, al­though the lat­ter two will be merged into a six-day race in 2019. For the young Nor­we­gian rid­ers the Arc­tic Race was a golden op­por­tu­nity to show­case what they could do against the pro pelo­ton. “It’s a win­dow for us to show where we are, and es­pe­cially this year – we’re the youngest team here,” said Leonard Snoecks, DS of the Uno X Nor­we­gian De­vel­op­ment team. The team’s six rid­ers' av­er­age age was just 20. “It’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence for a cou­ple of them. It’s a tough pelo­ton com­pared to what they’re used to. It’s nice for them to see the level in the pelo­ton. It can change the ca­reer for some of them. If they have a cou­ple of good stages, they will de initely be no­ticed and peo­ple will start fol­low­ing them.”

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