Hayter sprints to Norway victory

25 May 2022

Hayter sprints to Norway victory

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Tour of Norway stage two Ulvik › Geilo, 123.8km.

Ethan Hayter timed his sprint to perfection to win stage two of the Tour of Norway after superb teamwork from the INEOS Grenadiers in the crosswinds. 

Hayter won a reduced bunch sprint after his teammates had split the race, he now moves up to second overall, just one second behind race leader Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl).

Luke Rowe and Tao Geoghegan Hart were central to splitting the race in crosswinds as the Grenadiers attacked at the halfway point in the stage after setting a tough pace to catch the break.  

The British duo were able to cause the divide, with Luke Plapp, Andrey Amador and Magnus Sheffield helping to keep a high pace to ensure the chase groups were kept at bay.

This then led to a reduced bunch kick, with Hayter picking his moment to sprint to his fourth win of the season. 

Ethan Hayter

“It’s incredible. To keep winning races is so nice and I owe that one to my teammates. 

“We knew it could be windy and actually the snowbanks were making a lot of shelter. We knew a few guys were sat at the back and we thought we’d try (split the race). It was good fun!

“We did our homework before as riders and we thought this could be a nice moment to go if it hadn’t already gone on the climb. It was quite a small group in the end, so we made some time for GC.”