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Tour of Scandinavia report: Wiebes takes second stage victory of the week

The European champion won the third stage of the Tour of Scandinavia into Larvik.

Lorena Wiebes wins the third stage of the Tour of Scandinavia, 2023.

Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx) rode the perfect race to win the third stage of the Tour of Scandinavia, outsprinting Liane Lippert (Moivstar) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-Suez) atop the short final ascent in Larvik.

Uttrup’s third place on the day kept her safely in the lead of the general classification ahead of the fourth stage in Denmark. The finish handed Uttrup a few extra seconds over Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) who sits second at 12 seconds behind the Dane. Greta Marturano of Fenix-Deceuninck is a further nine seconds down in third overall.

Wiebes sprints to take her 70th career victory.

How it happened

Schrempf about to be caught with 3.5 km to go.

Brief stage results

GC standings after Stage 3

Quote of the day

Wiebes has been the best sprinter on the road for a few years now, but recently the Dutchwoman has been adapting her explosive power to feature on short climbs like we saw in the third stage. Even under the pressure of Moolman Pasio, a talented climber, Wiebes was impossible to crack, which really says something about her progress as a rider.

It was more of a one minute effort than a sprint today and Ashleigh made it really hard already from the beginning of the climb. It was hard. It’s not like other sprints, it’s just really hard, you have to go full gas, luckily I made it. Today was quite a good day on the climbs, I’m happy with the shape at the moment.

Lorena Wiebes at the finish
Moolman Pasio leads the reduced bunch in the final 800 metres of the race.

Brief analysis

Up next: Stage 4

After the third stage in Norway wraps up the women will make their way via plane over to Denmark for the final two stages of the race.

The GC riders and time trial specialists will be the focus of stage 4. The stage features a 16.5 km long time trial starting and finishing in Herning. There’s nothing really notable about the course, a few twists and turns and some minor rolling roads, it’s a course for the most aero riders. As such it’s hard to look past FDJ-Suez’s Brown.

The Aussie who just finished second at the World Championships ITT in Scotland will be eyeing this stage for herself, and with a lot of the other specialists at home, she is the out-and-out favourite for the stage. Another rider who will be hoping for a good result on the day is Danish time trial national champion Emma Norsgaard, who will have a little something extra in the legs while flying the flag on home soil.

There could be some movement in the general classification with Van Vleuten 12 seconds down on Uttrup. The Dutchwoman is, on paper, the stronger time trialist, but Uttrup’s form at the moment could be the difference she needs to hold the jersey.

You can find live coverage of the fourth stage starting at 16:00 CEST on GCN+.

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