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That’s Tour of Alberta done. We tried to setup the sprint for Sam but unfortunately we got it not right and went too early. The positive thing is that the teams works good together and that we are strong. I’m personally happy with my 8th place in GC. I feel pretty good and hope to be able to show that in Quebec and Montreal at the WorldTour races.

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Stage 5 was another grim day here at the Tour of Alberta! 200km in cold rain and 18km of dirt roads made this stage really challenging. I can’t remember the last time I wore that much kit in a race. The team did a good job to protect Sam and me. Unfortunately the good work didn’t get rewarded as the race officials sent us the wrong way in the final… One day left. Today we will race on a circuit in Edmonton. I’ll try to defend my GC position and maybe even trying to move up.

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Arctic Race Of Norway

Another Arctic Race of Norway done. It was again a beautiful race with breathtaking scenery.

Just like last year it was also my first proper race after the Tour de France. The days before the race I started to feel good again and therefore I was really up for the race. Luckily the legs responded really well and I felt pretty strong. So you could think it should be possible to get a result here and there, but unfortunately I was missing luck and timing.

On stage three we had a mountaintop finish which suited me well, but I lost the wheels of my teammates just before the climb. I was starting the climb to far back. I nearly closed the gap, but couldn’t make the junction.

I wanted to make it better the next day and also I wanted to show that I’m in really good shape. All went fine until a rider crashed into my bike. It took more than a minute until I was able to continue. Unfortunately the race was already full on. I was able to come back, but I have lost so much energy while chasing, that I wasn’t able to follow the final attacks.

You can say „Shit happens“ but this year a lot of times things just not going the way they should. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in the last years, but I’m just not able to put that into some results.

On a positive note. We’ve won a stage with Sam Bennett. The team was working really well together as well. So it wasn’t bad at all for us, but just for me personally I wished for more.

My next races will be Vattenfall Cyclassics, Tour of Alberta, Quebec and Montreal.